Author Archives: Sunroom

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What Happens If You Get Locked Out?

I wanted to tell a funny story to brag on some of our employees.

A customer of ours recently got locked out of their house that we’re in the process of building a sunroom on.

They got home from a trip and couldn’t get inside. The battery to their garage door opener had died. The batteries on their electronic front door lock were dead. The back door that they had a key to had been enclosed in our new sunroom, which was all locked up as well. They didn’t have keys to the sunroom because we were still working on it.

It’s like their house was conspiring against them.

Oh, did I mention that this all happened on a Sunday?

None of us work on Sundays, and you can’t find anyone around the office…usually.

At the moment our customers were sitting in the office parking lot hoping someone might be around, one of our employees drove by. They stopped and asked if they could help with anything.

Less than half an hour later we had someone in the office, pulling their new sunroom keys from the project folder, and getting them inside their home.

It was a weird chain of events that led to this, but a very fortuitous meeting with one of our employees. I’m glad our folks are willing to do things like this, even on their days off.

I’m proud of them for several reasons…

  • It shows that our folks feel an ownership in how the company is perceived and operates. They’re not just employees. They’re valued teammates.
  • It goes above and beyond the normal operations. Off time on a Sunday and they were willing to jump in.
  • It helps keep our clients happy.
  • It helps build our business. I love how things like this turn into referrals. I can just imagine our customers recommending us to their friends and neighbors and saying, “Of course they do great work, but can you believe what they did when…” It makes for a great party story.

I hope we can help you in a similar way if you get locked out or anything else happens. Our folks have even been known to look for escaped dogs and deliver CPR to a customer before.

Thanks for reading!

Dave, the sunroom builder who isn’t a locksmith but loves helping people get in their houses

 


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 Your Porch Rotten?

Be sure to check your home’s exterior regularly for problems and maintenance issues.

Anytime is a good time to look over your home’s exterior for issues. I always try to get our customers out of a spring cleaning point-of-view because problems can occur any time of year that are best not left untreated.

The reason I’m mentioning this now is because we recently remodeled a relatively new screen porch in Market Common that ended up being full of rotted wood.

A customer hired us to convert his screen room into a four season glass sunroom. To do this, we removed the old screen room walls that had a kneewall area covered with Hardie Plank Siding. The Hardie Plank is great stuff that we use often, but what was underneath was a huge problem. The builder installed the Hardie Plank over simple OSB boards, which are not made to handle the elements like treated plywood or other exterior materials. When we pulled off the Hardie Plank, we found that all of the wood underneath was rotten.

Here’s a before shot and a progress shot of the job…

Here’s a couple of photos from the pile in our dumpster after we started work on it. You can see the rot in the OSB and the studs.

Eventually, there could have been a structural failure with the walls or the Hardie Plank would start coming detached. This is a great example of a common issue that you should inspect around your home on a regular basis.

If you’d like to see a few more, I actually filmed an entire video series about the most common ones, click HERE.

Thanks,
Dave the guy who loves replacing rotten wood with better stuff

PS…If you have a home in Emmens Preserve in Market Common, chances are that your porch is the same way if you have a kneewall. They would’ve all been built the same way by the same crew. We don’t have to build you a sunroom (unless you want one), but we can replace the rotten stuff.

PSS…We’re replacing all of the wood with aluminum studs. No rot, rust, or termites…ever!


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 Your Remodeler Trying to Kill You?

I was walking down the street with two of my kids to the playground the other day and noticed this vinyl pane sunroom for the first time. I’m not afraid to say that it’s a very attrractive room, even though our company didn’t do it.

It’s also very dangerous.

Before I mention it, Who can tell me why?

If you said, “There’s no railing protection,” then you’re right. According to the code, any screen or vinyl pane room over 30 inches off the ground requires railing. Now a fall from 31 inches may only hurt a little, but a fall from this height will likely kill you. If a child runs into that vinyl pane window or an adult falls back against it, they would likely pop right through it and fall through.

A professional company like mine could lose their license for building such a dangerous structure. I say professional, because it’s likely this work was done by a contractor with no license or permit. At least I assume the Town of Surfside Beach wouldn’t allow this to pass inspection. That would be a completely different matter entirely. But forget licenses and permits. What about conscience? If someone fell through these windows and died, we could lose everything, especially the peace of mind knowing that we willingly built something so dangerous.

This is just another reason you should always check out your contractor and make sure what they’re doing is right and proper.

Here’s what a company like ours would do in this situation.

Number one, we wouldn’t have left it like this.

Number two, it needs some type of fall protection, either railing or rail screen. We have several products that would’ve fit this perfectly. Railing is the normal one, but it limits the view and adds a whole lot of new vertical lines. We also have a brand new product we can install for applications like these that is a building code certified screen product. Fewer vertical lines and the same fall protection as white railing. It’s also a lot less expensive.

When you start getting bids from remodelers, ask them about codes, but be sure to also inquire about options. There’s almost always a couple of choices that will give you an attractive outdoor space and won’t leave you with a death trap.

When you start calling for those bids, be sure to give us a call first or just drop by the showroom.

Thanks,

Dave, the guy who builds sunrooms that won’t kill people


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


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We Want to Help You Slow Down and Relax

When I was little, I assumed we’d all be moving around in flying cars like the Jetsons by now, but no. Instead, cars still roll around on the roads, and we’re still hooked on fossil fuels.

It’s almost like the future just stopped moving forward.

After 30 years in business, we’re still using the same tools and techniques to build your porches, sunrooms, and awnings. Really, the only big change we’ve seen is in rechargeable batteries for our drills. Everything else is about the same.

But, you know, there’s nothing wrong with traditional and old school things. I think sometimes we all need to relax more and enjoy the things we have.

I’d love to install an awning so you can enjoy your porch in the shade.

I’d love to build a front porch on your house so you can wave at the neighbors and watch our kids bike around.

I’d love to screen in your porch so you can enjoy the backyard without the mosquitos.

If I can build a project on your home that helps you enjoy life a little more and slow down when you’re home, then my mission is complete. We’re not just here to build things and make money. We’re here to help folks enjoy life more.

Dave, just a simple guy who likes to build things that bring happiness

PS- Here’s a great example of what front porches were meant for…


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Be Careful of Shady Contractors and Products!

Hurricane season here in Myrtle Beach always brings things like shady contractors and bad products to top of mind awareness. The thing is, hurricanes are pretty much always on our mind here when we’re thinking about our projects. We’re either in the middle of the season, prepping for it, or recovering from it.

This most recent season, as I drove around surveying damage and checking on clients, I noticed a few jobs I wanted to point out.

We build carports, but not the ones like you see for sale on the side of the road. Our carports are more like this, and meet all wind codes and inspections.

The ones you buy on the side of the road are much cheaper, but they don’t meet code, and aren’t approved by anyone for this area. Here’s one I found after tropical storm winds came through-

I was in a local mobile home park working on a patio cover the other day and saw this at a nearby house.

It looks good, but it may not look good for long. You might not be able to tell from looking, but this does not meet code. As a matter of fact, the way this was built hasn’t met code for over a decade. After asking, I found out that the contractor built it without a permit. This will create all kinds of problems down the road if the homeowner tries to sell. Not only that, don’t count on your contractor coming back to repair it after it blows down.

Pretty much everything we do has to have a permit. This means that it also meets certain building codes. All in all, it means more safety for you and your family. If you use a contractor other than us, just be sure he’s doing it right. If you never see a permit posted on site, that’s a good hint that he’s playing it wild and loose.

Thanks!

Dave, a guy who’s become an expert at filling out permit applications


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


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Seeking Constant Improvement

It’s really easy in any venture to get stuck in old ruts and forget that the world is changing around us. We’re constantly on the lookout for new products and new ways of doing things here at Ocean Breeze Exteriors.

On that note, I wanted to tell you about a new product we have available to us. It is mainly geared for condo porches or other structures up two levels or more. In other words, this applies to all of our customers with stilt houses as well.

To enclose higher level porches isn’t easy, but we’ve been doing it for years. You can see that from the photo below from Grande Dunes. We either have to rent specialized equipment, set up multiple levels of scaffolding, or manhandle the windows in pieces to install from the inside. None of those methods are easy or inexpensive…or fun for our team.

There’s a new product on the market that allows for three season vinyl pane windows to be installed from the inside of the balcony with a flexible metal screen frame that can be folded and popped in from the inside as well. In the photo below you can see me bending the frame to show how flexible it is.

If you have a higher level porch and wanted to enclose it, now is the time. It’s cheaper and easier to do, and we’re just the folks you need to do it.

Thanks!

David Powers, the strongman bending metal in the photo!


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


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Installing Lexan Hurricane Panels

If you have Lexan Hurricane Panels and have not used them yet, here is a quick video showing you how… Installing Lexan Hurricane Panels 

Thanks!

Dave


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

 


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Changes in Horry County Permit Fees

Urgent Notice- The Horry County Building Department handed this to us the other day while we were picking up new permits. I wanted to let everyone know about it because it will affect any projects you might have planned for the future.

For a lot of projects, especially small non-structural remodeling projects like what we do, permits really aren’t necessary. It’s simply a way for the County to make more money without raising taxes. It’s also a great way to increase their budget and justify hiring more people by increasing their own workload artificially.

It’s not cool, but it’s something we’ve gotten used to.

The other downside of this new change is that it will delay simple permits from a day in some cases to weeks depending on how busy the County is.

If you have an ongoing or upcoming project with us, don’t worry, I’m not going to come back and ask for more money based on this. We’ll eat the extra costs on any permits for you based on this.

For any of you that might be planning upcoming projects with us that aren’t contracted yet, I’m going to stick to our old permit pricing for now and not raise it at all unless they do something else to add more costs in.

If you have any questions about this or anything else, you can e-mail me here, call the office at 843-238-4798, or drop by the showroom.

Thanks!

Dave Jr.


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

 


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Would you mind reviewing Ocean Breeze online?

A lot has changed in the 30 plus years we’ve been in business. I won’t go into too much, but I’ll tell you this. I remember when we used to have to find pay phones to call the office. Then we had a huge bag phone in the trucks that nearly took up a whole seat. Some of our guys had pagers. Then we actually had cell phones.

Well, the social media bandwagon is one of those things that the construction industry as a whole has been slow to jump onto. So much so that a lot of folks don’t expect remodeling companies to have much of presence there. I just wanted to let you know that we do. We’re on all the networks where the majority of our customers are.

Such as…

We have a presence online, and post tons of photos and helpful tips on our Facebook page. There’s one spot though where we’re really shy on, and that’s where I could use your help.

We don’t have many reviews on any of those sites. I realize some of you have checked us out, but not bought anything from us yet, and that’s fine, but if you’re one of our past customers, would you mind hopping onto our pages and leave reviews. If you do, let me know. I’d love to see them all.

Thanks so much,

David Powers, the construction guy that avoided computers as long as I could


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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It’s always a good time to prep for hurricane season!

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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