Seeking Constant Improvement

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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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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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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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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

 


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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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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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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This post was written by the team at Ocean Breeze. If we can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to call.


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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?

This post was written by the team at Ocean Breeze. If we can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to call.


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Are Your Windows Sweating?

It’s that time of year again when we either turn the heat on or just let the system rest until the weather gets colder. It’s also the time of year your windows may start sweating.

This doesn’t mean you have bad windows (although if you do, call us and we can replace them with high quality double or triple pane insulated windows, just saying). It just means there’s too much humidity trapped in the house. Your air conditioned pulls all that out when it’s running, but the heater doesn’t.

Here’s a tip from Better Homes and Gardens on what you can do…

Another option we’ve also used is to buy small dehumidifiers for certain rooms. We found a great small one on Amazon that’s small and quiet enough to not be noticed most of the time. You can find it HERE.

This post was written by the team at Ocean Breeze. If we can help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to call.

 


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