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Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is a day recognized worldwide for nearly 48 years after millions of people took the streets to protest the negative effects that 150 years of industrial development had on the planet. Since, Earth Day Network’s mission is to “diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide” and has brought the environmental issues onto the world stage with over 200 million active people in 141 counties taking part.

Ocean Breeze Exteriors recognizes this day’s worthy cause and we pride ourselves in offering energy-efficient outdoor living solutions. From our Insulated Patio Covers housing Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS) insulation, to our environmentally-friendly yet highly technological LifeRoom, our suppliers are industry leaders in outdoor living solutions that fit your needs, wants, and desires that not only fits your budget, but lowers your carbon footprint and Ocean Breeze Exteriors is proud to offer these line of products.

Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS) is an ideal choice in green building designs; it substantially reduces greenhouse gas emissions when utilized as insulation. According to epsindustry.org, “EPS insulation can return up to 200 times the amount of energy required to produce it, and reduce emissions by up to 100 times the volume produced during the manufacturing process.”

It is because of this and its energy-saving properties that we decided to utilize this material in our Insulated Patio Covers. When compared to that of fiberglass insulation, the energy required to produce EPS insulation is 24% less. We utilizes EPS within our insulated panels to create a strong, durable Patio Cover that can be used year round in even the harshest of summer conditions.

LifeRoom by Four Seasons is also manufactured utilizing EPS foam core and despite its highly technological components, LifeRoom uses less energy than a waffle iron. From remote-controlled screens, soothing blue LED mood lighting, and SoftBreeze/CoolMist technology, LifeRoom creates an outdoor oasis that allows you to enjoy everything you love about being outdoors with all the comforts of being indoors.

The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today’s most energy-efficient lighting option. According to energy.gov, “LEDs…use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.” Additionally, widespread usage of LED lighting can generate a total savings of more than $30 billion within the United States alone!

LifeRoom’s SoftBreeze and CoolMist technology takes advantage of energy-efficient laminate airflow and evaporative cooling respectively to cool down the room up to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.  Evaporative cooling is the reduction in temperature resulting from the natural evaporation of a liquid which removes latent heat from an environment, a process that is 75% more energy-efficient than conventional air conditioners. This cooling process is based completely on natural processes which is far safer for the environment, since no foreign chemicals are being released to cool down a particular area. Additionally, since LifeRoom’s SoftBreeze and CoolMist system requires only enough electricity to power the pump and fan units, operational costs are cut in half and best of all, evaporative cooling is touted as emitting low CO2 emissions than that of other methods.

Celebrate Earth everyday with our line of energy-efficient, earth-friendly outdoor living solutions.


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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Is It Spring Cleaning Time?

Spring cleaning is a bit of a misnomer. After all, we sometimes call a heavy cleaning ‘spring cleaning’ no matter what time of year it is.

That’s why I wanted to send this out to all of you. No matter what season you’re in right now, you might look out at your porch and say…

“Ugh! Look at all that yellow mess from the pollen.”

“Oh no, the dog/cat/ferret/child chewed through another screen.”

“All the dust from the construction site next door is horrible.”

If you’re saying anything like that, maybe it’s time for a ‘spring cleaning’.

If you don’t have the time, get in touch. We have a guy who cleans porches and patios.

If you want to clean it yourself and have one of our awnings or vinyl window installations, call or e-mail us for specialized instructions or cleaner. I have a sheet of instructions I can send you, and we sell the vinyl cleaner in the office.

The main thing is, we want you to have a nice clean patio or porch that you can be proud of and enjoy without worrying about spending so much time taking care of it.

If we can help with that in any way, don’t hesitate to call.

Thanks,

David Powers, your guide to enjoying the outside parts of your home


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Is It Better to Remodel or Replace?

At some point we all have to make that dreaded choice of fixing or replacing.

Computer printer…Just replace it. They’re all made disposable these days.

Car…It just depends on the cost of the repairs and if you want to go deeper into debt on a new one.

Your house…This one just depends. It depends on so many things, like…

  • How long do you plan to live there?
  • Can you afford the remodel?
  • Do you hate your neighbors and want to leave your neighborhood as soon as possible?
  • Will it enhance your enjoyment of your house?

I go through this decision tree with just about all of my clients. Unfortunately, I can’t make this decision for you, although I’d love to say, “Yes. Absolutely. You need the remodel that I’m offering.”

Here’s what I’ll do instead. I’ll tell you a story about one of my clients.

These wonderful folks have a beach vacation home in one of the resorts here in Myrtle Beach. The home roof is nearing the end of its life and past repairs from other contractors are about to give out. They wanted me to come out and check on re-roofing their entire home and getting it ready for the next hurricane season. The roof is already leaking so the effects of another hurricane could be disastrous.

After getting the estimate they decided the price was in their budget and worth doing for the value and longevity of their home. They’re in a key spot right on the main road, near the store, and also with a great people-watching view.

Here are a couple of BEFORE photos…

Here are the AFTER photos. Since this was a camper only a few hundred yards from the beach, we recovered the entire roof with EPDM rubber for a lower wind profile and sealed it up tight.

Just remember when you think about repairing, remodeling, or moving, that you do need to think about things logically but don’t forget the emotional component as well. Some of our clients value things like privacy or an open view to watch the neighbors as much as cost.

Thanks for checking in…

David Powers


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Design Your Own Deck Online

I wanted to tell you about a new resource you can access online for free.

If you’ve ever wanted to design an outdoor dream space, you can do it fast and easy at the Timbertech website using their Deck Designer tool. Just click right HERE, and it will take you directly to their website.

There you can design a deck, custom design the size, shape, and color, print material lists, and more.

It’s a really great resource that even we use in our design center here at the office.

Once you design your space, just e-mail over the plans or bring them by the showroom, and we’ll be glad to work up a price and schedule for you.


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Check out the New Showroom Improvements!

We just totally revamped our showroom interior and ignited an awesome new partnership with a local outdoor furniture store. Be sure to check out our new showroom improvements and then drop by Custom Outdoor Furniture and Restrapping to see the new arbor we installed while you shop for new patio furniture.

I could talk on and on, but I’d rather show you some photos.

Here’s the old showroom…

And the new furniture from Custom Outdoor Furniture and Restrapping…

And how about that freestanding arbor at their store. It’s beautiful, but check out how that colorful furniture really makes it pop.

If you stop by our showroom or theirs, be sure to mention where you heard about it.

Custom Outdoor Furniture also has a great post and more photos of the project at their website and on their Facebook account. Be sure to check them out!


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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5 Most Common Shortcuts Builders Make

(1) Rotten Roof

(2) Water Works

(3) Wood Worries

(4) Crappy Concrete

(5) Porch Problems

(6) BONUS- TV Tune Out

(7) Behind the Scenes

 


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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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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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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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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