Get on Google and Review Someone Now

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Get on Google and Review Someone Now

Reviews are important to small businesses, but getting them is like pulling teeth. Unless of course it’s a bad one, and we all get bad ones from time to time.

The next time you have a few free minutes, hop on Google Maps and review someone. Just pick someone you used, bought something from, or where you ate something recently and post a review. If you have pics, post them with it.

DON”T post a bad review either. Spread some good around. The business that made you mad? It’ll come around to them. Don’t worry. You do something good and share that blessing with a small business.

I just had a guy pressure wash the driveways at our offices and showroom. It had been awhile, and I had no idea how dirty they were, and he did a great job.

Here’s the before and after shot-

You don’t have to, but I took it a step further. I made up a testimonial graphic for him to use in his own marketing.

That’s it. Get on there and post a review right now.

Dave


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Working to make construction sites safer during COVID-19

Just wanted to let everyone know that as this situation progresses, and since we are still working in an Essential Business role, that we’re partnering with various government agencies and industry associations to make our commercial jobsites and projects at your home as safe as possible.

One of the latest programs to enhance worker and customer safety has come from James Hardie, one of our siding manufacturers. You would know them as the supplier of Hardie-Plank siding, which many of you have on your homes.

Aside from standard social distancing protocols, while at your home, please let us know if there are any particular precautions you want us to take to make you feel more comfortable and safe.

Please let us know if we can help in any way.

Dave


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We are still open!

We’re still open and continuing to help our clients enjoy the outside of their homes while stuck in self-isolation or voluntary quarantine. A large number of our clientele is in an at-risk age group, and we are working to keep them safe.

We’re finding that many of our past clients and new ones are sitting at home with little to do, and deciding to fix up their homes.

We pledge the following to help you through this tough period:

  • As all of our work is outside the home, we are able to maintain as much distancing as you need to feel safe. This way we can protect both you and our crews.
  • We primarily use our own employees rather than a constant stream of subcontractors being on your property.
  • All of our payments from the deposit to the final balance can be made completely online.
  • Our estimators are more than happy to deliver ‘no contact’ estimates and either communicate through an open door or completely by phone or computer.
  • Because an aspect of our jobs is to maintain critical structures so that frontline personnel can do their jobs, our company is in the process of consideration as an Essential Business. This will allow us to remain open longer should the situation worsen. This will also help protect our supply lines.

If we can help in any way, please let us know.

Dave


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COVID-19 Coronavirus Update from Ocean Breeze Exteriors

I held off sending out an update for our business as long as possible, but now that there are cases in Horry County, I thought I should post one.

We are still engaged in full operations and continuing to complete all scheduled projects. Nothing has changed for us in the work we’re doing or our supply chain for new materials.

As a company we are doing our best to help everyone weather this storm better. We’re doing this by helping you enjoy social distancing and self-quarantine as much as possible.

  • Right now is the perfect time to enjoy the exterior parts of your home more.
  • As ‘social distancing’ becomes the norm for awhile, why not distance to your backyard or patio?
  • There is ample research showing the health benefits of being outside. Do it safely at home.
  • It’s not fun, and it can be scary, so now is a time to ease distraction and stress as much as we can.

We want to help you make the best of it while everything else goes to panic mode around us.

To make you feel more comfortable, we are also taking the following precautions:

  • We have hand sanitizer in the office if you come by the showroom.
  • The ability to make all payments and financing completely online is active.
  • All of our work is outside, and we don’t have to come into your home for anything for your projects. We actually have one going on right now for a couple that is in self-quarantine. It’s a large sunroom that will enable them to enjoy their condo patio without worrying about the pollen or people.
  • Estimates function similarly. If you want a contact-less estimate, just let us know when you call. Our estimator can call you from the front driveway and let you know when he’s there. When he’s through inspecting your project, he can text your estimate to you.

The best thing we can all do right now is take the appropriate precautions to keep everyone safe while also maintaining as normal a life as allowable. That’s how we bounce back best and quickest when this is all over.

Give us a call if we can help in any way.

Dave


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Write a review and enter for a chance to win!

I love getting e-mails like this…


But I need your help.

Everyone has unhappy customers sometimes, and those are the folks that tend to leave reviews the most (I’m guilty of this too!).

I need your help with social media reviews. Follow the links below. For each review you leave, e-mail me a screenshot of it, and I’ll enter your name into a monthly drawing for a chance to win a $50 gift card.

If you review on more than one site, send in screenshots of all of them for multiple entries.

Thanks!

Dave, the best guy in town for sunrooms, decks, and drinking coffee


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UPDATE- We’re Discontinuing an Awning Line

I wanted to update everyone on a retractable awning change. For over a decade we’ve been a dealer for Sunsetter Awnings. We’re still remaining a dealer, but will no longer offer their laminated fabrics as part of our product line.

Sunsetter has two main acrylic awning fabrics, the laminated and the woven styles. Previously, we offered the laminated as our rock-bottom economy model and the woven as an upgrade for better colors and durability for only a few hundred dollars more.

Because of a great deal of problems with laminated fabrics last year, we will no longer offer the laminated colors or fabrics.

Don’t worry, we’ll still offer their woven acrylic fabric options of 32 colors and patterns. In addition, we also offer awnings from two other companies that have hundreds of color and pattern options.


You’ll have more than enough to choose from, but we wanted to make sure that you’re only choosing a quality product, rather than the cheapest available.

If you have a laminated fabric now and need a replacement at any point, the woven fabrics fit perfectly into your existing awning frame with no issues.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks!

Dave, the awning guy with ALL the color options

 

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


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What does a minivan have to do with the flooring in your sunroom?

When all the work trucks are busy and out on jobsites, and you need to pick up some materials, what do you do?

In this instance, I had to pick up some flooring for a customer and borrowed the owner’s wife’s minivan. It also happens that the owner’s wife is my mom, so we snuck out for some lunch at a seafood restaurant where we’d installed a sunroom a few years back.

We’ll go to great lengths, yes, even a seafood lunch, to get your materials to the jobsite.

If you’re thinking about new flooring in your sunroom, here’s how we like to do it:

  1. There’s just too many options for me to carry samples of all of them. Besides, those tiny sample squares don’t do a great job showing you what it looks like.
  2. I like to send our customers to Lumber Liquidators or Lowe’s.
  3. Pick out your flooring, pay for it, and give me the receipt.
  4. I’ll pick it up and deliver it in time for it to acclimate to your jobsite.
  5. My guys will install it.
  6. You enjoy it.

You get exactly the choice you want without wondering if you made the right one based on a tiny sample.

By the way, here’s that sunroom I was talking about earlier. It’s at the Wicked Tuna in Murrells Inlet.

Dave Jr., the minivan borrowing sunroom guy

 

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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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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