SAFETY NOTICE- Retractable Awnings

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SAFETY NOTICE- Retractable Awnings

Normally I enjoy having a lot of fun with these e-mails or telling you about neat new products, but occasionally I need to update you on safety related items.

We just received the notice below from Sunsetter Awnings. Many of you might have also received it in the mail as well.

Apparently, there have been some injuries reported when people improperly removed their awning covers. I haven’t actually seen the reports, but I’m guessing folks hit the button for the awning to come out but forgot the cover was still attached. Then they tried removing the cover without retracting the awning. And…POW! The awning cover pops off, the awning pops out, and the owner gets knocked off a ladder.

You can see how this could range from a slight injury to something much more serious, especially on an elevated deck in the photo. We installed two awnings on this deck, and it’s a big drop to sea level.

So please be careful if you have a removable awning cover. If you do have one, but would prefer for us to retrofit your awning with a permanent aluminum hood cover, just give us a call. You can see the hood on the photo above.

Thanks,

Dave


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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Did You Know that Some Trees will Eat Your Gutters?

Captured in its natural habitat- a gutter-eating tree!

I was asked to do an estimate on remodeling an old screen room and came across this rare find.

It’s a Gutter Eater, otherwise known by its scientific name as the Lack-of-Maintenance Naturalis.

Please don’t let this creature invade your backyard!


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New Contest- Send a Pic of My Guys in Action

Here’s a fun contest for everyone.

If you can send me a photo of one of our trucks on the road or at a jobsite, I’ll send you a prize. I guarantee it’ll be worth it, especially if you’re having a project done by us or planning on one soon.

Here are the rules-

  1. The photo can’t be at our office. Way too easy.
  2. Spot my guys on the road or in a neighborhood.
  3. Like our Facebook page and post the photo there with wording something to the effect of “Caught the Ocean Breeze crew in action!”
  4. Message me your e-mail or put it on the Facebook post so I can send your prize.
  5. It can even be at your house if they’re working there.
  6. You can only win this prize once, but for each subsequent entry, I’ll credit you for 100 points in our end of the year referral contest. That contest has a $1000 cash prize!

Now go hunt them down!

Dave, everyone’s fave sunroom guy


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Are Birds Leaving Their, ahem, Mark on Your Outdoor Project?

A past client of ours called in the other day with a special request. We had installed a pergola for him awhile back. The project was perfect, but the birds were making a mess of it by perching on top and using it as a bathroom.

I know. Birds can be pretty inconsiderate like that.

We had a few ideas for him, but I figured some of you might be experiencing the same issue, so I wanted to pass these on to you as well. I’ll list a few of the most common ideas we’ve seen work over the years along with links to them on Amazon. If you’d rather buy local, you can probably find these at a neighborhood hardware store or big box store as well.

Pretty much all of these are DIY items if you have a tall enough ladder, but if you need us to install any of them, just give us a call.

  1. Scare Tape- https://amzn.to/2U4SJnq
  2. Scare Disks- https://amzn.to/2WsT8gj
  3. Owl Decoys- https://amzn.to/2HXag9P
  4. Bird Spikes- https://amzn.to/2WoMIP8
  5. Ultrasonic Repeller- https://amzn.to/2HKcCtA

I hope these help you out,

Dave, the guy that helps you keep the birds away


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The Sunroom is the New Man Cave

For years Man Caves have been found in spare bedrooms, basements, and garages. Now it is finally time for the sunroom to be the new Man Cave!

We have been building sunrooms and enclosing screen porches and patios for over 30 years, and we have seen them take on many uses.

  • Extra dining room
  • Relaxation room
  • Reading room
  • Spot to see the view of the ocean or golf course
  • Office

But more and more we are seeing them turned into man caves. It does not take much extra once our job done, or you can have us do it for you.

Here are the basics I would recommend for a sunroom man cave:

  • A decent size television. This is a necessity for watching sports or zombie movies. Depending on the sunroom type, be sure you buy a TV that’s will hold up out there, and position it so the glare does not affect it at prime viewing times either.
  • A good celing fan. Buy one that looks nice and is big enough to deliver good air movement.
  • Climate control. A new sunroom, especially one that enclosed a screen room was not engineered to run off your home’s AC and heat as efficiently as rooms in the main house. I always recommend additional HVAC so you can maintain your comfort.
  • Comfortable furniture. You don’t have to keep the all-weather patio furniture in there. Drag your favorite chair out there or go buy a new one.

Those are the basics. If you really want to jazz it up, here are a few more recommendations:

If we can help you fulfill your man cave dreams with a sunroom space, be sure to give us a call.

Dave, the guy who has a sunroom with a private infrared sauna in it


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 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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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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