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Who Wants a Discount at Lowe’s?

Lowe’s is our common supplier for building materials that we don’t have to special order.

Need wood for a deck…we go to Lowe’s

Need insulation…we go to Lowe’s

Need a new tape measure…we go to Lowe’s

As a business, our spending at Lowe’s comprises a major chunk of our purchases. That’s why we enjoy our discount there.

I don’t know if you knew this, but veterans enjoy a 10% discount. Myself and our owner are proud veterans, so we registered for the program. I wanted to pass that news onto our customers as well, so you could too. Don’t worry, Lowe’s isn’t paying me for this post. I just want to help you out.

  1. You can go to Lowe’s and grab a MyLowes card, register your veteran card at customer service, and you’re in. I used my VA card.
  2. If you want to do it online, go to lowes.com/military and do it there.

Disclaimer- I want you to get your discount on appliances, tools, etc, but if you need a project done like a deck or a door install, you’ll definitely be better off giving us a call.

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843-238-4798

www.oceanbreezeexteriors.com

Our showroom is located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC

 

 


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Construction Reading that Won’t Put You to Sleep

Because I’m in the field, I enjoy reading construction books and magazines, but there’s not a lot out there that won’t put you to sleep.

I read industry magazines to stay up on current trends and products and find great ideas for my customers.

I read instructional manuals when I need to, like learning a new tool or technique.

I look at design books for the pretty pictures. I’d rather go there than Pinterest because it keeps me from getting sucked into the black hole of stuff.

But there’s just not many compelling stories, memoirs, or autobiographies out there that involve construction.

I finally found one in Rise by Cara Brookins. It’s about a single mom and her four kids who embraked on a quest to build their own house to recover from years of domestic violence and trauma.

It’s a really great book, hilariously funny and incredibly heart-touching at the same time. Oh yeah, the construction parts are amazing. Cara and her kids tackled things by themselves that I hire entire crews for.

If you want a really good read that really should be a TV movie on Hallmark or something, give it a try.


You can find us at…

Ocean Breeze Exterior Remodeling

843-238-4798

www.oceanbreezeexteriors.com

Our showroom is located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC


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What Do I Do with My Vinyl Windows in a Hurricane?

A couple of weeks ago our area here in Myrtle Beach got spared from the wrath of Hurricane Irma. It was a good wake up call, though, as most of us went ahead and completed some much needed preps on our homes and businesses.

We tied things down. We got rid of things laying around in yards. A few customers bought last minute storm panel installations. Everyone stocked up on bottled water.

And we got a lot of phone calls from our customers and even some of our competitor’s customers. Apparently, some of our competitors wouldn’t offer any help with the big pre-hurricane question…

What Do I Do with My Vinyl Windows in a Hurricane?

Here’s my advice.

Vinyl windows go by different names, but they’re all mostly the same, whether you call them vinyl windows, porch panels, vinyl panels, Eze-Breeze, or something else.

Almost all of them are rated for a certain wind speed. This means that during testing, some of the panels probably blew out of the frame. It also means they won’t warranty damage to the window panels if you leave them in during a hurricane.

Here’s a sticker from a window in our showroom that is on all of our vinyl windows.

The 65 mile per hour winds would place it in the tropical storm and above range.

This would mean that you should take all your panels out and put them in a big stack in the garage. Now, if you think about it, this is a pretty tedious process, especially if your forget to mark where they go. I mean, it would take you days to get them all figured out.

I don’t recommend taking them all out.

Here’s my recommendations on what to do, based on 30 years installing them, too many hurricane and tropical storm experiences, and having them on my own house.

If you have a lot of nice stuff in the room with vertical sliding windows, like a TV, expensive outdoor furniture, breakables, a mini bar, carpet, etc, leave the windows up. Don’t remove them. Don’t push them down. Take your chances. Honestly, I’ve seen very few of these ever blow out of the frame. I would rather protect what’s in the room from as much rain and wind as possible.

If the room is a basic outdoor use room with vertical vinyl windows and you’re worried about them, push them all to the bottom. By pushing them all down, you’ve strengthened the entire configuration by putting all the windows together in one section.

If you have large horizontal sliding panels like garage screens or sliding door sized sections, remove them and store them in the garage. These tend to blow out much easier and also make up a huge surface susceptible to puncture from blowing debris.

If you happen to have any windows damaged by blowing debris or wind blowing them out, once the hurricane has passed and we resume normal operations again, just bring them by. It doesn’t cost much to reroll new vinyl into the panes.

If you have any other questions leading up to or after a hurricane, please give us a call.


You can find us at…

Ocean Breeze Exterior Remodeling

843-238-4798

www.oceanbreezeexteriors.com

Our showroom is located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC


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We Set a New Company Record for Fastest Retractable Awning Installation!

I went out to a jobsite yesterday to time an attempt at a new company record for the fastest Retractable Awning installation. It was the perfect jobsite for it.

  • A simple installation.
  • A great customer who didn’t mind us filming.
  • And perfect weather- not too hot, not too cold, a nice breeze, no rain.

Here’s the specs on our company awning speed record-

  1. The awning is set up on the jobsite with all the packaging removed.
  2. The tools and ladders are set up.
  3. No other prep allowed.
  4. Time starts at the word go and ends when the awning is tested fully extended and fully retracted once.

The previous unofficial record was 2 hours. As you’ll see this one blasted it away…

Our new official company record now stands at 30 minutes and 27 seconds set by our owner David R. Powers and our construction manager David Bleacher.

Here’s a composite of the video I shot during the install-


You can find us at…

843-238-4798

www.oceanbreezeexteriors

Our showroom is located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC

 

 


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DO NOT Wrap Treated Wood!

I’d like to clue you in on a secret. It’s one your homebuilder or remodeler knows but may not tell you.

You can’t wrap treated wood on your porch or screen room in aluminum.

Go outside to your deck or patio right now and check it. Are the upright posts and horizontal beams covered in white aluminum?

If so, count on replacing it in a few years after the chemicals from the treated wood cause a chemical reaction with the aluminum and it starts to corrode and flake away. If you have any bubbling spots on the aluminum, that’s an early sign. You can check out more of the science behind it right HERE.

The only way to counter this is to let the wood dry thoroughly, wrap it in a barrier of some kind before the aluminum goes on, or use something else. Contractors usually don’t do this because drying takes too long and you want to move in fast, the barrier costs extra money in time and materials, and the third option isn’t the cheapest way to do it.

Or is it?

You see, we specialize in the third option. We build our projects with structural aluminum and no chemically treated wood. Better for you. Better for the environment. Lasts longer.

I’ll be straight with you. It is more expensive right off the bat though. The upside to this is that it’s actually cheaper in the long run. If you end up having to replace all that brand new aluminum wrapping and treated wood in just a few years, you’re basically paying double and still ending up with the same problem. Also, the aluminum posts we use are maintenance free. No painting. No rewrapping. No termites. Much cheaper in the long run.

Here’s a few pics from a job we just finished. We had to tear out all of her old aluminum wrapping and repair the porch structure before we could even install our new vinyl 4-track windows. On a $300K house, her small screen porch was a weak point that her contractor knew about.

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Rescreening an Old Pool Cover

These pool cover projects are interesting. They require lots of engineering to meet wind codes, figure out the proper geometry, and get a permit. They usually end up costing almost as much as the pool.

Ugh…then there’s the screening.

The absolute worst part is that the whole time you’re working, you wish you could maybe sort of accidentally fall into the pool at the end of the day.

So, what do you do when…

  • Your pool cover is getting old and the screens are wearing through
  • A storm drops in and throws tree branches through the screens
  • Or your kid runs down the wall with his fork poking holes in them

Easy. You pay us to come back out and rescreen it. If we do a good job, maybe you give us permission for a swim at the end of the project!

Here’s one we just finished rescreening…

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Lexan Hurricane Panels Run Over by Car

Our favorite type of hurricane protection, because it’s affordable, see-through, easy to install…and tough!

You can find us at…
843-238-4798
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Showroom located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC


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Now Accepting Online Payments!

We accept online payments through our website now!

Many of you live fulltime out-of-town, travel a lot, or are enjoying retirement in farflung tropical destinations and trust us to work on your homes while away. This is an awesome responsibility that we don’t take lightly.

To make payments more convenient while away, you no longer have to call in with your credit card information. You can simply log onto our website and pay there.

Very few construction and remodeling companies allow for online payments, but we thought we’d lead the charge with it. After all, the technology for this has been around for a few decades.

Many thanks to our new webmaster Dr. David Powers for bringing this to us.

Click HERE to see the new payment portal.

This is where I picture most of you while we’re working on your house…

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This post was written by the team at Ocean Breeze. If we can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to call.


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Be careful when you see a business that does everything!

You can find us at…
843-238-4798
www.oceanbreezeexteriors
Showroom located at 739 Sandy Lane in Surfside Beach, SC


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Do You have Critters in Your Attic?

Category : Roofing

We get called out sometimes for leaks in the gutters and roofing of both older and brand new homes. Most of the time the homeowners think it might be due to faulty construction or poor sealants, but sometimes it’s not…

If you hear weird noises in the attic, it’s probably not ghosts. If you have a leak in the wall, it may not be poor workmanship. Sometimes it’s just a critter.

This post was written by the team at Ocean Breeze. If we can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to call.


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