Author Archives: Sunroom

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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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Who’s Going to Win $1000? (Referral Program Update)

Our first annual referral contest is well underway. There are a lot of projects we’ve sold because of referrals from you, but a few clear winners are emerging.

Here’s the top 5 so far this year. I didn’t want to give out full names, so if you’re not sure it’s you, just e-mail and ask.

Phil S.- 28,000 points
Tracie H.- 18,617 points
Greg B.- 10,236 points
Karol K.- 9,700 points
Robert and Callie B.- 5,343 points

This is also a great chance to let me know if I’m missing any names. If I am, just e-mail me with the name of the person you referred us to who bought a project.

Here’s the specs on the contest again:

Our business thrives on referrals! When you tell your friends, neighbors, and family about the great work we do, it means a lot to us. As far as advertising goes, referrals are simply the best way to get our name out there. It iss better than any kind of ad I can do.

That is because a referral carries the weight of your testimony. After all, you wouldn’t refer us if we did a bad job.

I am often asked if we do anything for referrals. In the past we have, but it was irregular or a new customer would forget to tell us someone referred them.

This year is going to be different.

At the end of 2019 I am giving away $1000 to the customer who refers us the most business this year.
That is a lot of money, so there will be just a couple of rules. They are at the end.

You have my permission to go crazy sending us business. I will look forward to handing over some money at the end of the year. I will also have some good prizes for everyone in the top five.

The Fine Print

  1. The customer has to have something from Ocean Breeze with your name on it. You can use our business cards, print your own with your name on them, pick up brochures from me, or anything. As long as you write your name on it, I will count it. This way there is no doubt who did the referring.
  2. The customers referred can be new customers or past customers. If you buy more work, I’ll count that towards you.
  3. You don’t have to know the customers. If you put cards on your neighborhood bulletin board or the board at Panda Express, it does not matter. Just make sure your name is on it.
  4. The “most business” part will be the amount of money spent by the referred customers. In other words, if they buy a $25,000 sunroom, I will put you down on the list for $25,000 in referred business.
  5. I will add up all the numbers as they come in, so feel free to check with me to see how you are doing.
  6. The final numbers will be calculated on December 31, the award announced via Facebook and newsletter that day, and a check cut and mailed.

Thanks,
Dave, the sunroom guy who loves happy customers


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It’s Almost Hurricane Season!

It happens every year, just like tax day and any other bad news thing you can think of, like an appointment for a physical or something.

But no matter what time of year you read this e-mail, you can’t go wrong if it makes you want to prep for hurricane season.

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 two 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.

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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Do you have a pile of plywood in your garage?

Plywood strikes again!

I was at a brand new house the other day looking at installing vinyl windows in their screen room, and there it was.

<cue dramatic movie music>

A pile of brand new plywood strapped to the wall masquerading as hurricane protection

It hurts me as a builder to see this.

Here’s why-

  • It’s heavy.
  • It’s the bare minimum to meet code.
  • It only lasts a couple of uses.
  • It warps.
  • It puts a few hundred new holes in your house.
  • It’s ugly.
  • You can’t see outside during a storm.

That’s why we love and enjoy installing clear Lexan hurricane panels on our own homes and yours. Check this one out from the Arrowhead development. You almost can’t even see the panels.

It’s never too late to get ready for the next hurricane season. Do it the right way and give us a call.

Dave, the guy who keeps you safe from the storms


You can find us at…

843-238-4798

www.oceanbreezeexteriors

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


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