With our pollen, mosquitoes, and tropical storms, what the backyard enthusiast could really use is a sunroom – not just any sunroom, but the Eze-Breeze Room® by Southern Exposure Sunrooms®. This custom designed, custom built room sports dual vinyl and screen windows so you can let the weather in some days and keep it out on others. While the company offers an attractive four season Naturespace® sunroom in durable, insulated glass, the Eze-Breeze® system is a bestseller.
“We’re the first to pioneer customized sunrooms,” company partner Peter Murray attests. “Other companies offer kits with wooden frame construction. Our design is very different.” Pointing to the bone structure of a model in the company’s showroom off Market Street: “We use aluminum extrusions manufactured just for us in our plant in Lexington, North Carolina. This allows us to fit as much window space into a room as possible. Aluminum is strong and flexible so we can do whatever the customer wants with a window. We can even make arches.” In photographs of the company’s work, sunrooms melt into each house as if they had been there the day each home was built. Some are converted screened porches. Some are solariums. Some boast hot tubs while others house dining room tables and space for families to gather.
The Naturespace® sunroom features glass windows that meet or exceed local wind code for inland and barrier island wind velocity. “That means those windows will withstand a strong category three hurricane,” Murray smiles. In the Eze-Breeze ® system, each vinyl window is shatterproof. “The poly-vinyl window is a memory window,” Murray contends. “You can stretch it up to one foot and it will return to its natural state within seconds. It’s hugely popular on golf courses.”
When John Hickey and his brother-in-law, Ed Vogelsong took command of Southern Exposure Sunrooms® in 2005, they grew its revenue by 60 percent. Such expansion is no small feat in the wild economic weather of a recession. While competitors cut staff back during the economic downturn, leadership with this company refused to let their crewmembers go. “We’d rather pay the good workers to stick around,” Murray declares. “These guys are just the very best at what they do.”
Peter Murray takes enormous pride in his company’s outstanding level of customer service. “I’d say 90 percent of our business comes from word of mouth,” Murray claims. “We’ve got to impress these folks the first time around. We’re fair. We do what we say we’re going to do – and we offer such a high level of experience.” Although Southern Exposure Sunrooms® is a small company, it boasts college educated general management and an average 17 years construction experience under the belts of crewmembers.
While the company completes 400 to 500 sunrooms a year, it must win new markets to survive. “Once you have a sunroom,” Murray concedes, “you’re probably not likely to need another one anytime soon. So we’ve got to find those new markets.” With the exciting technology that makes these sunroom windows and their flexible framework possible, it is easy to imagine a world of markets opening up to a company this well positioned.
Keep a weather eye on Southern Exposure Sunrooms®. The company is serving customers beyond the Wilmington area, building in Fayetteville, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Charlotte and Myrtle Beach. Their superb craftsmanship has won recognition with the National Sunroom Association. They provide outstanding world-class service that outshines competition. If you decide your screened porch could be better, give them a call. “You’ll get a true estimate on that first visit,” Murray pledges. “That’s it – only one visit and we figure it all out. We give you a price and we’ll live by it.”
Visit Southern Exposure Sunrooms® at 6821 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28405 and online at http://southernexposuresunrooms.com.
Call 910 -793-2762 or toll free: 866-986-8966.