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Thirty Years Makes Us the Oldest Sunroom Company Around 

As I look for different ways to celebrate our 30th year in business, I realized that we’re the oldest sunroom company in the area.

I did some research to double-check this before I told you about it. There is one company that’s older than us, but they’re a transplant from another area up the coast, and have sold and resold several times, which means they’re not locals, just out-of-towners after your money. Another company was older than us, but the owner had to reorganize under a different name to avoid tax penalties and lawsuits. And a lot of our competitors have simply gone out of business for one reason or another.

That leaves us.Thirty years old, still growing, and busier than ever this year.


Here’s a few things I’m really proud of…

  • Ocean Breeze Awnings, Inc. has been in business since September 1987.
  • We started on the Grand Strand and have always been in the Myrtle Beach area from day one.
  • My dad, David R. Powers, is the founder and still an active owner. These days you’ll still see him on the jobsites or out doing estimates. He’s hard to catch in the office, as he’d much rather be outside.
  • Four generations of the Powers family have worked for the company, from my grandfather on down to my kids.
  • We’ve survived several recessions, a depression, and lots of hurricanes.
  • We’re still going strong. This year has been one of our busiest to date, and there’s no signs of slowing down.

I like to brag on my dad, but you might be wondering what this means for you…

  1. It means if you hire us for your remodeling project, we’ll still be here to finish it.
  2. It means if you need warranty support for any reason, we’ll be around to provide it.
  3. It means you can count on us to finish your job without worrying about where your money went.

You can’t even expect that from car companies, banks, or Toys R Us these days.

Give us a call if you want to do something to turn your home’s exterior into a backyard oasis.

Thanks!

David Jr., the owner’s son


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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Famous Authors We’ve Worked for in Myrtle Beach

We’ve done a lot of work for folks all over the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach, and inland areas over the past 30 years. I got to thinking about some of the famous people we’ve worked for from elected officials to minor celebrities with vacation homes. And novelists.

I’m a big reader, and one of my favorite genres is mystery and suspense. Often, when I’m on my way to estimates or jobsites I’ll be listening to one on CD.

I looked back and realized we’d done work for a couple of mystery novelists with homes here in the Grand Strand area.

Here are the ones I could remember, although some of them go by pen names, so, who knows, maybe there are more. I guess that will remain part of the mystery. Click on them if you’re interested. I attached links to their books on Amazon so you can check them out if you’d like.

T. Lynn Ocean, author of Southern Fatality, the rest of the Jersey Barnes mystery series, and other books set here in Myrtle Beach and other parts of South Carolina. Ms Ocean was actually my boss at a former job in addition to work we’ve done for her husband where he works.

Jane Spillane, author of My Life with Mickey and wife of Mickey Spillane, who wrote the Mike Hammer series and has sold more than 225 million books internationally.

Patrice Leary, author of Dire Crossing. We’ve worked on several of her and her husband’s homes over the years, including hundreds and hundreds of projects on the area her husband ran before he retired.

And of course, my mom Teresa Powers. She has a series of trailer park mysteries set in a mythical place called Shady Holler, which is not unlike some of the mobile home parks around here.

So, it turns out, not only have these and other mystery authors given me a lot of pleasure through their books. Some of them have also helped keep us in business.

If you enjoy mysteries, check them out.

Thanks!

Dave Jr.


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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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

UPDATE- Here’s another one that came up recently with a rotten porch that we uncovered. Click HERE.


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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