DO NOT Wrap Treated Wood!

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DO NOT Wrap Treated Wood!

I’d like to clue you in on a secret. It’s one your homebuilder or remodeler knows but may not tell you.

You can’t wrap treated wood on your porch or screen room in aluminum.

Go outside to your deck or patio right now and check it. Are the upright posts and horizontal beams covered in white aluminum?

If so, count on replacing it in a few years after the chemicals from the treated wood cause a chemical reaction with the aluminum and it starts to corrode and flake away. If you have any bubbling spots on the aluminum, that’s an early sign. You can check out more of the science behind it right HERE.

The only way to counter this is to let the wood dry thoroughly, wrap it in a barrier of some kind before the aluminum goes on, or use something else. Contractors usually don’t do this because drying takes too long and you want to move in fast, the barrier costs extra money in time and materials, and the third option isn’t the cheapest way to do it.

Or is it?

You see, we specialize in the third option. We build our projects with structural aluminum and no chemically treated wood. Better for you. Better for the environment. Lasts longer.

I’ll be straight with you. It is more expensive right off the bat though. The upside to this is that it’s actually cheaper in the long run. If you end up having to replace all that brand new aluminum wrapping and treated wood in just a few years, you’re basically paying double and still ending up with the same problem. Also, the aluminum posts we use are maintenance free. No painting. No rewrapping. No termites. Much cheaper in the long run.

Here’s a few pics from a job we just finished. We had to tear out all of her old aluminum wrapping and repair the porch structure before we could even install our new vinyl 4-track windows. On a $300K house, her small screen porch was a weak point that her contractor knew about.

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Rescreening an Old Pool Cover

These pool cover projects are interesting. They require lots of engineering to meet wind codes, figure out the proper geometry, and get a permit. They usually end up costing almost as much as the pool.

Ugh…then there’s the screening.

The absolute worst part is that the whole time you’re working, you wish you could maybe sort of accidentally fall into the pool at the end of the day.

So, what do you do when…

  • Your pool cover is getting old and the screens are wearing through
  • A storm drops in and throws tree branches through the screens
  • Or your kid runs down the wall with his fork poking holes in them

Easy. You pay us to come back out and rescreen it. If we do a good job, maybe you give us permission for a swim at the end of the project!

Here’s one we just finished rescreening…

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Lexan Hurricane Panels Run Over by Car

Our favorite type of hurricane protection, because it’s affordable, see-through, easy to install…and tough!

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


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Now Accepting Online Payments!

We accept online payments through our website now!

Many of you live fulltime out-of-town, travel a lot, or are enjoying retirement in farflung tropical destinations and trust us to work on your homes while away. This is an awesome responsibility that we don’t take lightly.

To make payments more convenient while away, you no longer have to call in with your credit card information. You can simply log onto our website and pay there.

Very few construction and remodeling companies allow for online payments, but we thought we’d lead the charge with it. After all, the technology for this has been around for a few decades.

Many thanks to our new webmaster Dr. David Powers for bringing this to us.

Click HERE to see the new payment portal.

This is where I picture most of you while we’re working on your house…

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Be careful when you see a business that does everything!

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


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Ever Thought about Life without an Air Conditioner?

We take air conditioners for granted. We install a lot of them in our sunrooms or connect the rooms to your existing system, but…could you imagine life down south without one?

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Time to Get that Grill Cleaned Up for Spring

Since we apparently won’t get a winter this year, you might as well get the grill cleaned up and prepped for all those cookouts you’re gonna have.

Here’s an info-sheet for spring grill prep…

In case you need a beautiful patio, deck, or some shade for your grill, be sure to give us a call.

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Hurricane Repair at the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Facility

Even months after Hurricane Matthew swept through the area we’re still doing repairs to area homes and businesses.

The hurricane tore off almost 200′ of walkway covering at the Blue Cross-Blue Shield facility in Surfside Beach. We were more than happy to help out by not only making the repairs but also beefing up the structure to make it stronger. When it was originally built, the wind codes were not as stringent as they are now.

 


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