Category Archives: Decks

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Check Out Our Glass Railing System for Decks!

Convert that beautiful view hidden by rails and uprights every few inches to a crystal clear wide open view.


We can install glass railings on any new construction or retrofit your existing railing to crystal clear.

Our glass railings are unique because we make your glass deck railing fastersafer, and stronger than the other guys.

Glass deck railing offers…

  • Unobstructed views
  • Durability and safety
  • Minimal maintenance

It can also increase the value of your home and make your home stand out from all those other homes around you with boring, old, view-obscuring wood or vinyl railing.

Glass is also resistant to decay, rot, and rust, and isn’t susceptible to damage from insects or pets.


Just a few reasons to choose us to install glass railing on your deck:

  • Crystal clear glass
  • Stronger than code requires
  • We only install Tempered safety glass
  • We install glass panels with added framing on the edges to protect the glass from corner strikes and increase its strength

Call us now to get an estimate on modifying your existing railing or to install glass railing on your new project!

843-238-4798

oceanbreezehq@gmail.com

www.oceanbreezeexteriors.com


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Don’t Slip and Fall on that Deck! Protect Yourself!

It doesn’t matter if it’s winter, summer, or somewhere in between, you need to make sure your deck is a safe place to be.

Snow, ice, rain, leaves…they all create slick and dangerous conditions.

One slip and you or someone else could have a broken hip, arm, or worse.

Me and the kids watch a lot of fail videos. They’re mostly people doing stupid things, but the slips on steps and decks always get me. Total accidents, and you can almost feel the pain when you see it happen.

Here’s one of those videos. Tell me you don’t cringe at the very first one.

Here are a few things you can use or add to your deck and steps to make it safer for everyone. Just click on the item or the pic, and it’ll take you right to it for more info.

Coconut Fiber Anti-Slip Mats

Non-Slip, Glow-in-the-Dark Stair Tread Tape

Pet-Friendly Ice Melt

There’s lot of other products out there. To see tons, more just hop on Amazon and search for “Deck Protection from Ice and Water“.

This page contains affiliate links. This means that if you click a link and buy one of the products on this page, I may receive a commission (at no extra cost to you!) This doesn’t affect our opinions or our reviews. Everything we do is to benefit you as the reader, so all of our reviews are as honest and unbiased as possible.


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2023 Good Housekeeping Awards!

Check out the 2023 Good Housekeeping Awards.

There’s some really cool stuff here, but I also want to point out that in the exterior categories, almost every item is something that we install.

If you call , and want a particular item on the list, be sure to mention where you heard about it.

Click on the image to see the list of award winners…


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Case Study: Composite Boardwalk at the S.C. Botanical Gardens

I wanted to point out a beautiful outdoor project I saw the other day at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens located at Clemson University.

They have a large outdoor section that takes you through various climate zones and topography found in the Palmetto State. It includes the piedmont, palm trees and shell rings, and even a carnivorous plant habitat.

Weaving throughout all of this is a beautiful composite lumber boardwalk.

Maybe instead of a sidewalk or more concrete, this might be a great idea for you. If you need something like this to connect areas at your home or traverse a muddy area in the backyard, give us a call.

Here’s a sample of one of our composite projects-

 


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Deck Collapse in Alabama

Decks collapse quite often, but rarely is the collapse caught on camera.

Click on the photo below to see this scary deck collapse at an apartment building in Alabama.

When decks do collapse, it’s usually from a major issue or a combination of factors, such as:

  1. Not built to code by licensed contractors
  2. Age and lack of maintenance
  3. Overloading

Why don’t you let us build or repair that deck for you?

If the following apply, give us a call-

  • You don’t trust your husband to do it safely
  • You’d rather not test your homeowner’s policy with a lawsuit from your guests
  • You’re not sure it’ll hold that hot tub, outdoor kitchen, or whatever
  • You want it done right without having to mess with the permits and stuff and want us to handle that
  • Your desk is old, and you’re just not sure about it
  • You don’t want your family crushed in a pile of wood and rusty nails because someone hired the cheapest guy to do it on the weekends

Seriuously. Just have us do an estimate before you get it done.


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Did you know the VA offers FREE grant assistance for qualified Disabled Veterans?

Did you know the VA offers FREE grant assistance for qualified Disabled Veterans?

This is huge!

I’m a disabled Marine Corps veteran and my dad and the founder of Ocean Breeze is also a Disabled Veteran, so it thrills us to be able to help other vets get the assistance they need.

We focus on exterior remodeling and many of the projects we build may fit into what you qualify for.

  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Wider or modified decks
  • Modified steps
  • Retrofitting existing exterior structures with grab bars, handles, etc.
  • And more in the VA adaptive housing guide

 

 

If you are a Disabled Veteran, care for one, or know one, please pass on this information.

Click HERE for the VA Website

 

A wheelchair ramp we built in Pirateland Campground.

There was extremely limited for space on this home.
We were able to modify his existing deck for more space.
There was just enough room to meet all code requirements.

David R. Powers, Ocean Breeze Exteriors founder and owner

This is my dad, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a Bronze Star recipient.

Although you’ll still see him on just about every jobsite, he suffers from numerous ailments related to several years in a self-propelled artillery unit and exposure to Agent Orange.


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Build Your Own Outdoor Projects Virtually

There’s a ton of project visualizers out there for the types of projects we do. I wanted to send out an updated list so you could take a try at it.

Most of these are really good and produce detailed plans and material lists. Feel free to build your dream project here and e-mail it over for us to look at and price out for you.

Note- There are a couple of these for projects that we don’t install, but I included them anyway just in case your dream project requires things outside our product line.

As you get into the process, feel free to get in touch with any questions.

Thanks, Dave

Fiberon Decking. Fiberon is our go-to brand for composite lumber and the makers of the one you can see in our outdoor showroom.
Deckorators
. Their railing line is among our customer favorites for accenting a deck.
Boral Building Products. We use some of their product line on our sunrooms.
Envision Decking
Royal Building Products. We use Royal for a lot of our siding, soffit, and trim.
Feeney Deckbuilder
. These are the folks that make Cable Rail.
Belgard Hardscapes
Duradek
Fortress Building Products
Simpson Strongtie. Although we don’t use their pergola materials, Simpson’s is one of the only manufacturer’s that has a pergola visualizer.
Timbertech Decking
Trex Decking


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DIY Deck Building- We’ll Help!

We get quite a few customers come to us wanting help with do-it-yourself projects. Because of our 30 plus years in business, access to wholesale material pricing, and experience with code enforcement, they often ask for a range of services, including:

  • Help drawing up plans or getting engineering
  • Selling materials
  • Onsite help getting a job started or fixing one that they messed up

We do all of the above, and more, but it’s not our favorite way of working. The vast majority of the time, a DIY project of the type we do (sunrooms, decks, awnings) turns into a disaster that costs a lot more when we have to come out and fix it or bring it up to code. 

Seth Godin wrote a blog about DIY surgery. You can find his original post HERE. I modified his blog to apply to DIY construction-

Here’s a drill and a hammer from Lowe’s.

Here’s a video I saw on YouTube once.

Here are some instructions I read on Quora…

Okay, how hard can it be?

Actually, it might be very hard. Actually, expertise has value. Actually, just because someone said it on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true. Or useful.

Experts aren’t always right. But I’d rather live in a building built by an expert, fly in a plane designed by an expert and yes, have surgery done by an expert.

Even barbers get trained.


Dave, the guy that would prefer to build your project instead of fixing your project


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Win the $20,000 Backyard Upgrade Contest from Fiberon!

New contest sponsored by Fiberon, our main deck supplier.

$20,000 Backyard Upgrade!

Enter soon, as the contest closes in a week or so. The entry flyer is below or click on THIS LINK to go to the entry page-


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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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