Author Archives: Sunroom

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UPDATE- We’re Discontinuing an Awning Line

I wanted to update everyone on a retractable awning change. For over a decade we’ve been a dealer for Sunsetter Awnings. We’re still remaining a dealer, but will no longer offer their laminated fabrics as part of our product line.

Sunsetter has two main acrylic awning fabrics, the laminated and the woven styles. Previously, we offered the laminated as our rock-bottom economy model and the woven as an upgrade for better colors and durability for only a few hundred dollars more.

Because of a great deal of problems with laminated fabrics last year, we will no longer offer the laminated colors or fabrics.

Don’t worry, we’ll still offer their woven acrylic fabric options of 32 colors and patterns. In addition, we also offer awnings from two other companies that have hundreds of color and pattern options.


You’ll have more than enough to choose from, but we wanted to make sure that you’re only choosing a quality product, rather than the cheapest available.

If you have a laminated fabric now and need a replacement at any point, the woven fabrics fit perfectly into your existing awning frame with no issues.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks!

Dave, the awning guy with ALL the color options

 

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


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What does a minivan have to do with the flooring in your sunroom?

When all the work trucks are busy and out on jobsites, and you need to pick up some materials, what do you do?

In this instance, I had to pick up some flooring for a customer and borrowed the owner’s wife’s minivan. It also happens that the owner’s wife is my mom, so we snuck out for some lunch at a seafood restaurant where we’d installed a sunroom a few years back.

We’ll go to great lengths, yes, even a seafood lunch, to get your materials to the jobsite.

If you’re thinking about new flooring in your sunroom, here’s how we like to do it:

  1. There’s just too many options for me to carry samples of all of them. Besides, those tiny sample squares don’t do a great job showing you what it looks like.
  2. I like to send our customers to Lumber Liquidators or Lowe’s.
  3. Pick out your flooring, pay for it, and give me the receipt.
  4. I’ll pick it up and deliver it in time for it to acclimate to your jobsite.
  5. My guys will install it.
  6. You enjoy it.

You get exactly the choice you want without wondering if you made the right one based on a tiny sample.

By the way, here’s that sunroom I was talking about earlier. It’s at the Wicked Tuna in Murrells Inlet.

Dave Jr., the minivan borrowing sunroom guy

 

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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Doctors are Writing Prescriptions for Outdoor Time

Our goal as a business is to build projects that help you enjoy the outside parts of your property as much or more than the inside.

We spend way to much time inside, and it’s begun to affect us medically. It affects us so much so that doctors are now prescribing “outdoor time” as a treatment for some illnesses.

Check out this article from a newspaper in Oregon for more information on how physicians are responding to inside-itis. Click HERE for the article.

If we can do anything to help you get outside more, give us a call. We build projects that…

  • Provide shade for your patio
  • Keep bugs from ruining your outside time
  • Protect your home in a hurricane and still allow you to see outside
  • And more!


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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Hurricane Dorian Aftermath

Just a quick message to update all of our out-of-town customers on the post- Hurricane Dorian clean-up.

DAMAGE:

  • No matter what the Weather Channel says, damage in the Myrtle Beach area is very sporadic and not widespread.
  • Small debris is everywhere.
  • We have a few customers with trees down and roof leaks.
  • Flooding is minimal compared to last year’s storms.

OCEAN BREEZE EXTERIORS:

  • We are open today, so feel free to call in to report any damage.
  • If you have any photos, feel free to share them to our Facebook page so other customers who are out of town can see their neighborhoods.
  • We currently have up to 5 teams on the road helping customers assess damage and even clear trees from their yard.
  • My kids are even pitching in with the crews and at the office.


A FEW THINGS TO RELIEVE ANY POST-HURRICANE STRESS:

  • Some of us were kayaking in the office driveway yesterday.
  • If you haven’t seen it yet, Google “red Jeep Myrtle Beach” and you’ll see enough funny memes to last you all day. I’d hate to be that guy. (Psst…if you are that guy, I apologize).

If anyone needs anything, please call. Today will be all day assessing damage and helping customers, but no job schedules have been changed unless we call you and let you know.

Dave Powers


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Hurricane Dorian Update for Myrtle Beach Customers

I hope everyone is ready for Hurricane Dorian. I wanted to send out an update for our customers in case things turn for the worse. I just finished a briefing with the National Hurricane Center, and there just isn’t enough information yet to know what the storm is going to do.

Operations here are currently running full bore to finish up any previously started projects or jobsites. We’re rushing a few storm panel projects that we have materials for ahead of the schedule.

If we have to cease operations so our employees can evacuate, our business has a Memorandum of Agreement with the SC Emergency Management Division to re-enter ahead of other non-essential folks in order to help with clean-up to make sure things are safe.

If I have service during that time, I’ll issue updates on our Facebook page of any neighborhoods we go into. Be sure to like our Facebook page so these show up quickly for you.

 

If you’re new to our lovely storm season here, read the next few bits, as they might help.

If you have vinyl Eze-Breeze style windows, here’s a video on what to do with them. Click HERE.

If you have our Lexan Storm Panels and haven’t installed them in a while, here’s instructions. Click HERE.

The Atlantic Ocean hurricane season runs from June through November every year. In recent years, our area has seen several significant landfalls. Hurricanes are interesting in how they affect us. You might have escaped unscathed, might have had trees or limbs in the yard, or could have even lost your roof. However, your neighbor might have experienced just the opposite.

My own experience with the last three decades of hurricanes to hit our area is that the nearby yards flooded, and I lost a few shingles each time. No windows were broken by flying debris, but we installed clear Lexan hurricane panels over all the openings.

Here’s a few things I would recommend to prepare for hurricane season to help get you and your family ready.

1. Put together a disaster box. Here’s a link to a great inventory list for a disaster box- https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit. Once you get it packed, just throw it in the closet or a corner in the garage and hope you never need it.

You can go further and pack Get Home Bags or Bug Out Bags, but the disaster box is a bare minimum. If you want more info on those, just e-mail me back and ask. I used to do contract work for FEMA, and one of our jobs was helping people assemble these.

2. Protect your home. You need to install some type of protection for all the openings in your home, to include all doors and windows. Our company installs several different types, so get in touch if you don’t have this. The most important things to consider for this are that you have the work done before a named storm and know how to use it.

I mention ‘named storms’ because most insurance companies will not help you out if you wait until after there’s a named storm in the Atlantic. Also keep in mind that most insurance companies provide discounts for various types of opening protection, like our Lexan panels.

3. Have a plan. Decide beforehand under what circumstances you will evacuate. Don’t wait on the storm and then decide. In addition, decide where you’ll evacuate and what you will take with you. For any storms that you will shelter in place and not evacuate, plan for that as well, to include water, food, and lighting. Go ahead and make hotel reservations somewhere before you leave.

There’s so much more that could go into this, but I didn’t want to write a book length e-mail. If you want more information, feel free to get in touch or come by the showroom.

 

Your storm guide,

David Powers

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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Check out the 2019 Southern Living Idea House

Excited to see Sunsetter Awnings represented on the 2019 Southern Living Idea House.

Give us a call and we can install one for you too. As a matter of fact, we can do this exact one.


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We now offer financing!

I wanted to let everyone on the list know that we now offer financing.

For years we avoided it. So many of our customers have been asking for it. Now it’s here!

Building materials have gone up in price steadily year after year, which makes sunrooms more and more expensive. Now you can finance the cost of any project with us, which will allow you to build the outdoor project of your dreams and stretch your money out better.

Just ask our salesman about it when he visits or call the office. It can be done in just a few minutes with the app. No pesky paperwork to fill out like at a car dealership.

Our various payment options now include:

  • Financing
  • Credit and debit cards
  • Check
  • Cash

In addition we’re now offering a discount for cash and check transactions.

Thanks!

David, the 12 months no interest plus a few other options to pay for your sunroom guy


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What Happens When County Code Enforcement Doesn’t Protect You?

Here’s a scary item that just hit the news recently even though the actual incident is a couple of years old.

So what happens when county Code Enforcement doesn’t do their job?
Short answer- It causes a lot of trouble and sets up a dangerous situation.

As any contractor does, we have our own issues with Code Enforcement. Each inspector does their own thing. Reliance on strict codes is always ‘open to interpretation’. If you complain, they make things worse on you. Etc, etc.

Not only that, but, for the most part, permits represent a revenue source for the municipalities. The more permits, reviews, and revisions they ask for, the more you end up having to pay for them. It’s in their best interests to make the process harder and more expensive for any homeowner or contractor to navigate.

There’s not much you or I can do about any of this, because it’s a retribution-based system. Imagine Soviet Russia  in the 1980’s. If you complain, the bad guys crack down on you and deny everything, unless you grease the right wheels or know someone. That’s pretty much how it is.

But this item is scary!

A local contractor was given permits for multiple projects even though they didn’t have a license? Even worse, they didn’t have a license because it had been denied for some reason?

You have to wonder if there was a simple mistake (four different times!) or who made some money on this deal.

I wanted to tell you about this because it’s one of the main reasons I always get the permits for our projects instead of making a customer do it. You don’t want to go through the process unless you have to.

I suppose another lesson is this- just because your contractor gets a permit doesn’t mean he has a license.

Dave, the guy who hates paperwork but will fill out permit applications for customers


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Turns Out We’ll Do Just About Anything for a Customer

I’m always really proud to say that we won’t do just anything. Some contractors do that, but what ends up happening is that they do a few things really well, and some things really bad.

We prefer to stick to the kinds of projects that we enjoy, we do a lot, and that we do better than most everyone else at a fair price.

Moving hot tubs is certainly NOT one of those things.

But we did it anyway.

Many times our customers give us stuff on projects. Old patio furniture. A nearly new stove, fridge, and huge TV from one. Lots of times fresh veggies from an outside garden.

They give us things because they like us, they bought new stuff for their new sunroom, and also because there’s a bunch of my guys working there who can move heavy objects into the back of our trucks. If no one on the job wants whatever it is, then it goes into the warehouse where another employee snatches it up.

One of our recent pretty awesome customers in Market Common asked if someone wanted a hot tub for free. Haul it off, he said, and it’s yours.

Three hours, six workers, a lot of rope, and a slow pick up truck ride later, it’s in our secretary’s backyard.

On jobs, we’ll stick to what we’re good at. On the free stuff, just ask one of my guys if he wants it. But, please, no more hot tubs.

Thanks,
Dave, the guy who’ll just head over to the someone else’s house to enjoy a hot tub soak


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