Month: January 2016

The right roofing material.


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spicedlogoFor most of us the roof is an afterthought — at least until it starts to leak. Then we realize how critical that surface of our house’s exterior really is. Yet, as well as keeping the house dry, the roof contributes greatly to the look of the house, so when building a new house, adding on, or re-roofing, it may pay to consider the options. Right now there are more options in the marketplace than ever, so choosing one is tough. At HomeWorks, we often complete multiple roofing projects per year and sometimes use different products on each one. The choices range from asphalt shingles to wood shakes and clay tiles, from steel panels to rubber lookalike slate. The most important trend to note, however, is that as with home-construction materials in general, there is an increasing move towards engineered roofing materials. This change is being driven by a few different factors. One is simply the high cost of wood. The second is that in many cases, codes now mandate the use of fireproof construction materials. And third, people understandably want to build with materials that not only look good but also are very long-lived.  (more…)

Knowing the weather in DCL


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Due to elevation (roughly 2,600 ft.) Deep Creek Lake’s weather is notoriously hard to predict. Many of our clients are always looking for accurate, real-time weather data about the area. This information is used to plan visits and decide what activities to take part in, while visiting Deep Creek Lake. In order to offer our clients (and the general public) the best on the ground weather data, HomeWorks recently installed a Bloomsky weather station at our office. Our office is located within the Lake Residential area, and using our location the Bloomsky can calculate current data, and predict the future forecast based on recorded trends, and up to the minutes changes in pressure, temperature, humidity and ultraviolet light penetration.  (more…)