What’s new

Before and after room makeovers

 

Akron Beacon Journal

Whether your room needs just a quick freshening or a total overhaul, you can find inspiration in Better Homes and Gardens’ Makeovers: Room-by-Room Solutions (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $21.99 in softcover).

The book is stuffed with decorating ideas to steal. There are before-and-after photos of room makeovers, clever storage tips, paint color suggestions and much more to get your creative juices flowing. You’ll even find guidance on grouping artwork, making up an attractive bed and arranging items on a coffee table.

Some of the ideas use reclaimed or inexpensive elements, so you can add style without breaking your budget.

Q&A

Q. What are all the black streaks you see on people’s roofs?

I get calls and emails periodically asking about those streaks, which are caused by an algae-like bacteria called Gloeocapsa magma. It spreads via airborne spores and feeds on the calcium carbonate in the crushed limestone that’s used in some asphalt shingles.

If your shingles are in good condition, you can scrub the roof lightly with a solution of chlorine bleach and water or a product made for cleaning the streaks. However, you need to be very careful not to damage the shingles. Protect your skin and eyes if you use bleach, and of course, take proper precautions for working on a roof. You should also protect the plants that may be affected by watering them well beforehand and rinsing them afterward.

You may be better off hiring a professional to clean the roof. You can find roof cleaners in the Yellow Pages, or ask a roofing contractor you trust if he can do the work or suggest someone who can.

To prevent the streaks from returning, you can install copper or zinc strips under the shingles at the top of the roof, leaving part of the metal exposed. Rainwater will carry tiny amounts of the metal down the roof and kill the bacteria.

Read more Home & Garden stories from the Miami Herald

  • Ask Angie

    What to expect from a house cleaning service

    Q: What is reasonable to expect from a housecleaning service?

  •  
A “before” photo of the family’s cluttered living room.

    Makeover

    A fresh start family room

    Rebecca and her three kids have had a challenging year. The loss of Darcy, their husband and father, hit them all very hard. Rebecca wanted to start down the road to recovery by designing a fabulous new family room where they could all have fun and spend some quality time together.

  •  
Neil Patrick Harris listed his home in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles at $2.995 million.

    Hot Property: Los Angeles

    Country stars selling Malibu pad for $7.5 million

    Country music superstars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have put their place in Malibu up for sale at $7.5 million.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category