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Is there a Connection Between Ponding Water and HVAC Units?

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Having more than one HVAC unit on your roof increases your risk of ponding water. Flat commercial roofing is known for having ponding issues, especially when multiple HVAC units are positioned on the roof. Many people do not realize that the HVAC units themselves could be contributing to the ponding problem along with a lack of drainage on the flat roof. Roof top units like HVAC units, skylights, and cooling towers can cause ponding if they are not protected by crickets. Crickets are triangle-shaped structures that are designed to divert water away and without them, water can accumulate. HVAC units also regularly produce condensation which additionally should drain away but cannot if there is no cricket, this does not happen.

Is there a Connection Between Ponding Water and HVAC Units?

The weight of the HVAC unit also contributes to the problem of deck deflection. The presence of any low spots around the unit as a result of poor or aging insulation can damage the roof membrane. The structure of HVAC units can also pose as obstacles that trap debris and accumulated debris interferes with water flow into the gutters causes ponding. Rooftop HVAC units are ideal because it keeps these bulky items out of sight but with the risk of ponding water being high, there are things you should know to effectively prevent this from happening. You first need to make sure that no interior damage or structural damage has occurred before repairing any low spots. Then, make sure all gutters and downspouts are cleared of debris so water can flow without interference.

Keeping Your Roof Dry

Once the flow of water has been corrected and there is a minimal risk for ponding, you need to look for ways to prevent future ponding. The best way to avoid low spots is to fix smaller problems before they turn into larger ones. When there is any rain, be sure to schedule inspections right away to check for ponding. The sooner you find and address issues, the fewer problems you will have in the long run.

Conclusion

Having your HVAC units on the roof keeps the noisy and unsightly equipment out of the way, but they can contribute to low spots and accumulating water. Ponding water causes serious damage to the interior and exterior of your roof and building but can be prevented with proper maintenance and regular inspections. If you have a rooftop HVAC unit, be sure to inspect the surface regularly and take care of all repairs right away. Preventative care is the best way to keep your roof dry and free of ponding-related damage.

 

 

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Avoid the High Costs of Commercial Roof Leaks

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A small leak in your commercial roofing can have bigger consequences than you may expect. If ignored, smaller leaks can turn into big problems and expensive damage. Repairing a leak when it is first discovered will be cheaper and better for the longevity of your roof. When small leaks are allowed to grow, they can damage internal structures and reduce the overall lifespan of the roof causing you unnecessarily high expenses.

Avoid the High Costs of Commercial Roof Leaks

Poor installation, severe weather, and unauthorized roof access are all potential causes of roof damage. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances such as severe weather storms can cause serious leaks on their own, but for the most part, leaks start small and can be repaired if caught early on. Without proper roof maintenance and inspections, you can miss these small leaks, giving them time to grow into expensive problems. Commercial roofing is also designed to hold HVAC units and other pieces of equipment that can add additional strain to materials. The additional weight of the units increases the risk for damage, as do the technicians that access these units. They can cause tears and leaks as they work with the units. Any small leak around these units can cause damage, especially if the water is allowed to pool from the equipment.

Small leaks can start anywhere and spread across the whole roofing surface as well as reach inside the building. Once inside, the insulation can be damaged as well as equipment, electrical fixtures, interior air quality, electrical outlets, and ceiling tiles. The exposure to water can cause damage as well as mold which is a potential health hazard. Your roof is an important, protective barrier as well as an investment. Unlike the walls of the building that get some weather exposure, the roof is exposed at al times. This continual exposure to the elements increases the risk of damage to any commercial roofing, so it is important to regularly inspect the roofing. In addition to regular inspections, roofing needs to be checked after any weather changes.

Conclusion

If you want to schedule a consultation to reach out to us today. We will be happy to perform a full inspection to make sure there are no leaks or tears. We guarantee to repair any damage found and we assure you that any costs will be lower than full roof replacement (which can happen if leaks grow too large). To protect your roof, your building, and your investment, make sure you get leaks repaired right away. Call us for any advice or support you need in protecting your roofing today.

 

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The Dos and Don’ts of Solar Energy

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Investing in solar energy for your home or building is a great way to increase the value of the building and to save you money. If you are in an area where net-metering is available, then you can benefit from even lower energy bills. Choosing solar energy also reduces the carbon footprint you leave behind. As great as getting solar energy for your building will be, there are a few things to remember before you jump into this new technology.

The Dos and Don’ts of Solar Energy

Things to Do

The more prepared you are the better things will be. Before you get solar energy installed, there are a few important assessments you want to make first.

  • Make sure that your roof can support solar panels. You need to consider the additional weight as well as whether or not the roof gets enough sun exposure. If there are any large trees blocking the roof, you may want to remove them. Ideally, you want to trim the tree so the roof gets sun exposure and you still have a natural oxygen producer nearby. As long as your roof gets good sunlight exposure between the hours of 12 and 2, then you will benefit greatly from solar energy installation.
  • You also want to get an energy audit so you know how much energy your home or building uses on a daily basis. There is no point getting solar panels installed if they will not provide enough energy and you end up needing regular electricity to supplement the deficit.
  • Before you install solar panels, be sure to reduce energy output as much as possible. You can do this by upgrading appliances and switching to LED lighting. This will benefit your energy audit and ensure you can supply your home with enough energy once you switch to solar energy.

Things to Avoid

There are a few things to be aware of before switching to solar energy and there are several traps that people commonly fall into.

  • Never cut corners to save money. Many like to install solar panels by themselves but this is not a good idea. Cheaper materials are also cheaper for a reason and will end up costing you more money in the long run.
  • Do not forget to do research first. Make sure you collect several installation quotes and general information before making a decision. A lack of knowledge and being unprepared will only end up costing you more money.
  • Don’t perform your energy assessments during the low season, because you will not get an accurate calculation. Make sure you assess the energy usage during the season where the most energy is used, not forgetting if you like to decorate the house each year with tons of lights at

Conclusion

Installing solar panels based on low energy months will leave you short in those months when your energy needs to increase.
Solar energy helps you save money by lowering energy costs and helps reduce the damage done to the environment. It is a popular option with many benefits, so long as you are prepared and do not just jump in. Following these tips and taking the right steps will ensure you get the most from your new solar power and we are to help if you need any installation help.

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Benefits and Things to Consider with Roof Decks

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Roof decks have become popular additions for flat roofing. Many like the idea of a deck but have limited spacing. Having a rooftop deck installed serves as an ideal solution but there are things to consider before getting one installed.

Benefits and Things to Consider with Roof Decks

Things to Consider

  • Deck Material: Rooftop decks are typically made from wood but this is generally more expensive than other options. These decks also have to have waterproof membranes and this serves as additional protection for your roof from rain and moisture. Tiles are another possible option but these can be heavy. Tiles are much easier to clean than wood and are made from granite or porcelain typically. You can also use sandstone which is the preferred material for those looking for easy maintenance.
  • Before You Build: You need to check with local building departments to see if any permits are needed to install a rooftop deck. You also need to confirm that your roof is strong enough to support the weight of a deck. On average your roof needs to be able to support 55 pounds for each square foot of roof.
  • Weather: Think about the weather in your local area to make sure your deck will not be exposed to anything harsh that can prematurely damage the materials. Ponding water can be a problem with flat roofing and decks, so if you live where there is rain, be sure to install precautions that prevent pooling and leaks. Your roof needs to be able to support additional water weight so as not to become compromised under heavy rain. You also need to make accommodations to protect the roof deck from the sun and any thermal contractions and expansions.

The Benefits of a Rooftop Deck

  • Outstanding views
  • Decks provide fire-resistance and high-quality thermal performance
  • Creates a slope for drainage
  • Adds additional living space
  • Ideal for entertaining
  • Provides a great space for growing vegetables and gardening

Conclusion

Having a rooftop deck is a wonderful addition to any building and a worthwhile investment. There are a number of things to consider, so make sure you do research before looking to get a rooftop deck installed. Only hire a flat roofing specialist to help with installation and repairs. We have the expertise to tackle rooftop decks and are fully licensed and certified. We use the best materials and guarantee to help you get the rooftop deck of your dreams.

 

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Draining Water from a Flat Roof

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It is easy to understand how sloped roofing keeps water from pooling. What about flat roofing? Flat roofing is at greater risk for pooled water and damage because there is no natural slope to guide water away. With flat roofing being a popular option for commercial properties, there are things you can do to help remove water from your flat roofing. Following the steps below, you can safely remove water from the roof and prevent long-term damage.

Draining Water from a Flat Roof

You start by sweeping the water off manually each time there is any accumulation on the surface. You can make a channel from wood and plywood that runs from the deepest point to the edge of the roof. By cutting the roof open and sinking it down you can create a channel, giving the water somewhere to flow. After sweeping water away, lay down fireboard and cover it with a sheet. Then you roll the membrane over this so that it will be built up to make it level with the rest of the roof. You can open the roof at the deepest point that water accumulated and dig out the fiberboard to find out where the beams are. If you come across any dampness or rotten wood after cutting open the roof, you need to remove that and replace it with new wood. Once new wood is in place, you can sink it down to make a nice channel running straight down. Once fiberboard is removed, you cut the boards to make a channel.

Lower the channel to where you want it and be prepared to come across the fascia board. This is where you need to create the scuppers and once cut, the water will either pour off the roof or into a gutter if you have one. You cannot go any lower than the gutter, so you need to cut at that point and then install boards so that the membrane comes to lay slightly over them, pouring the water away. Cut out the fascia so you can put the boards in place to run straight to the gutter. Once flush with the gutter, place two by fours down, then plywood, and then the membrane. The next step is to install cleats on both sides and the plywood will rest on these creating a nice ramp for the water. Screw down your plywood into the cleats and the channel is complete. Use metal edging for the scupper edge. This can attach to the membrane which will lead to the gutter.

Final thoughts

To help remove water from your flat roof, follow these helpful tips. For any additional assistance in removing water or with flat roof maintenance call us today as your local roofing experts and we will be happy to get your roof water-free.

 

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Chimney Flashing Leaks

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Leaking chimneys can be expensive to repair. Chimney damage when ignored can cause structural and more expensive damage, so you are better fixing problems as soon as they are found. In most cases, a chimney starts leaking as the result of faulty flashing and this can be easily repaired. The flashing is the metal sheet that is installed to make sure the connection between the chimney and your roof is watertight. Over time and wear, can flashing can become less effective. To avoid any potential issues with flashing you should get your chimney inspected every year.

Chimney Flashing Leaks

Flashing Installation

Understanding the installation of flashing is important to understanding how it works. Knowing the process can also help you make sure your flashing and chimney have been correctly installed. Flashing consists of two metal panel parts. The first (step or base flashing) is installed under a shingle and is then bent upwards to meet the chimney. Holes and cracks are the most common issues with this part of the flashing. The second part is counter flashing and this is bent over the first part. Counter flashing is embedded into a chimney mortar joint and seals off the top portion of the step flashing below.

Flashing installation can be a challenge because corners are vulnerable areas in roofing. Even when high-quality and professional installation done, there is always a weak spot that needs to be addressed. Quality urethane caulking should be applied to the flashing to make sure it is waterproof. Leaking at corners and weak spots that is allowed to continue can damage this caulking, so it should be regularly checked and reapplied when needed. Caulking cannot fix flashing materials that are not properly overlapped and this will require new installation instead.

Flashing materials vary depending on the region and type of metal used. Galvanized steel and aluminum are the most popular choices and are the most affordable. Copper is used for higher-end installations because it is more durable and the corners form a stronger watertight connection. Copper can be soldered where other metals cannot allowing for tighter connections. The type of metal used for flashing is not as important as the installation techniques. Correct layering is essential to the waterproofing capabilities of the flashing.

Replacing Chimney Flashing

Leaking around the chimney may not always be evident right away but if left, can cause serious and expensive structural damage. If moisture is allowed through the roof, the ceiling areas can become damaged by rot and the walls and attic spaces can be weakened structurally too. Chimneys and the flashing need to be inspected every six months to a year, to make sure any damage is taken care of right away.

Conclusion

We will conduct thorough inspections of your chimney to identify weak spots that are at risk for moisture problems. We use crickets during installation to ensure that the flashing will work effectively. Crickets are triangle-shaped diversions that are built behind the chimney at the roofline. Call us today for an inspection, or flashing repair that you may need.

 

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How To Hang Your Holiday Lights Without Damaging Your Roof?

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It’s the Christmas season. What does this mean to you? To most of us, this is the season to celebrate and probably get a new Christmas tree as well as Christmas lights. The only issue associated with this period is that some of us damage our property which majorly results due to hanging Christmas lights on the roof using the wrong procedures. So, is there a specific procedure to hang the Christmas lights while protecting yourself from damaging the roof? We will find that in a bit. Therefore, keep reading as you look forward to learning some tips for hanging Christmas lights without roof damage to avoid calling a maintenance specialist early in the New Year.

Hanging Holiday Lights Without Damaging Your Roof

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Have you ever been caught up in a situation where you wanted to use the Christmas lights you used in the previous season only to find out that the part of the strand wasn’t working? You probably noted the defect when you were on the rooftop and decided to solve the issue on the top. However, what does this mean for you? It means that you played a role in damaging the roof as a result of exposing the roof to much stress by forcing it to hold your weight. To avoid causing damage to the roof, I recommend that you get the lights out while you are still in the house or workshop and inspect them before getting up the ladder so that you can install the lights fast to avoid spending much time on the rooftop. Some of the things you might want to do before getting to the roof include:

• Untangling the string lights.
• Confirming to ensure that the entire strand is working.
• Acquiring enough strands based on the area you want to fix the lights, and
• Ensuring that you are dealing with outdoor-rated strands.

Once you do that, you can be sure to have solved the defects before getting to the rooftop so that you can avoid putting too much pressure on the roof or roof support.

Use the proper attachments when fixing the lights to the shingles.

Did you know that the highest percentage of the people who damage their roofs while installing Christmas lights do so because of using the wrong clips when fixing the strands? Well, you should come to the terms that if you do not want to damage the roof, you must be ready to source for the proper attachments. In this case, avoid putting holes in the shingles. As a result, do away with nails, staples, or screws. The reason I recommend this is that such holes become water intrusion points which may result in rotting of the deck. Hence, make use of plastic clips that allow you to clip them on the shingles, gutters, or the eaves of your home. Besides protecting the roof from damage, these clips elevate the lights off the shingle which reduces the chances of warping or causing damage to the shingle surface.

Walk carefully on the roof

Besides using the proper strip lights’ attachments, you will want to walk on the roof carefully. In this case, minimize the number of times you step over the roof. I would recommend that you install the lights when standing on the ladder to avoid causing strain on the rooftop by forcing it to hold your weight. Aside from that, avoid sliding on the shingles or walking over tile roofs, and ensure that the ladder is standing in a safe place as you move around the house. Also, be sure to wear soft shoes and also put in place some pads on the sections of the roof you are walking on to avoid exerting much force on the roof.

Wrapping up

Asides from keeping the roof safe as you install the Christmas lights, you will also want to ensure that you are safe during the installation. After all, do not forget that lots of accidents occur during roof repairs or installing lights on the roof. Therefore, if you plan to install your lights without professional help, ensure that you do that after notifying a family member. Also, avoid wearing loose clothes that could catch the clips causing you to fall. That way, you can be sure to hang the Christmas lights without damaging the roof or causing harm to yourself.

 

 

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Why Commercial Roofs Should have a Slope

commercial-sloped-roofFlat roofing is thought to be completely flat, but a slope is beneficial to these roofing systems, even if it is only small. Roofing needs slopes to prevent the accumulation of water on the surface. Ponding, or the accumulation of water, can happen anytime there is rain and without a slope to lead water away, you end up with pools. It has become more accurate to refer to commercial roofing as ‘low-sloping’, rather than flat. The pitch of a roof determines the materials you use as well as what is best in terms of building design. The ability to effectively shed water and prevent ponding is important to the longevity of any roofing system. The slope of a roof determines how well a roof will perform over time and how long it will last because preventing ponding protects the roof for longer.

The Problem with Low Spots

A low spot can cause problems and can threaten the integrity of the roof and building if ignored. There are several factors that contribute to the development of a low spot.

  • Settling of the building
  • Expansion and contraction of the roofing materials
  • Expansion and contraction of the ground beneath the building
  • Compressed or failing roofing insulation
  • Inadequate drainage that allows water to accumulate

Ponding or the collection of water happens in low spots, and the water can sit for days and even weeks. This invites mildew and mold to grow and can damage the roofing membrane the longer the water sits. Water can also penetrate through cracks causing damage to the internal structure of the roof and building. Low spots and ponding cause sagging, leaks, and serious internal and external damage.

Why do Commercial Buildings have Flat Roofs?

If low spots and ponding are common on flat roofing, then many people wonder why it is used. Flat roofing is useful despite this and they have economic value. They easily accommodate HVAC units and other bulky equipment that can take up valuable real estate and these systems are more economical to build because they reduce the overall volume of the building and save on energy costs. It is important to regularly check and maintain flat roofing to avoid low spots and ponding. With regular inspections, you can identify these problems before serious or permanent damage is caused. You also need to maintain the components such as the scuppers, gutters, downspouts, and internal drains to ensure water flow away from the roof is unhindered.

Conclusion

Adding a slope to a flat roof is an effective way to ensure proper drainage and prevent the development of low spots and ponding. Contact us today to discuss the options available for adding a slope, or repairing any low spots.

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What Christmas Decor is Not Safe for Roofs?

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With Christmas spirit rushing through your streets you must be looking for ways to step up your décor game from your neighbors without causing any damages to your rooftop. You must be wondering what type of Christmas décor is best suitable for your rooftops and adds charm at the same time. To help make it easier for you to sort through we will be discussing “décor that is not safe for the roofs” so you know what type of décor to discard from your list.

What Christmas Decor is Not Safe for Roofs?

As much as the full-sized Santa’s sleigh looks appealing, we wouldn’t recommend it as most of the houses may not be able to resist its enormous weight. This is due to the fact that some roofs may lack proper load-bearing structures and as a result cause damage to the roof. The indentation caused may not be visible at the time but later when it is time to remove all the Christmas décor you may notice that it is time to pay for a new roof. Another famously used décor idea is that of Santa’s legs hanging in the air out of the chimney. While this décor is crafty, it can also cause significant harm to the roof. The chimney is a very sensitive place; even the slightest ember may result in a disastrous fire. However, an artificial chimney can be made out of PVC, and Santa’s legs attached to it can create the same effect which is a lot safer. While avoiding the chimneys make sure your décor does not linger around air vents or the electrical wires as both these can cause detrimental effects to the roof.

Inflatable decorations and the light-up figures are some of the most basic Christmas décor items in the market. At the same time, they are ones that can cause maximum damage to your roof as well if you are not careful enough. Strong winds may cause them to fly away, tearing up the roofs. Securing them is key but securing them with the right materials is much more critical. Avoid the use of a staple gun as well as sandbags to hold down your Christmas lights as they may damage the roof and the sidings due to their heavyweight, and they are extremely heavy to drag up to the roof. Nailing these decorations to the roof is not a good idea either as it may destroy the shingles which already have been wearing out due to the harsh winter temperatures. Rather, tying them would be a good idea.

Final thoughts

Hanging fairy lights is another décor tradition common in the Christmas season but this Christmas season also entails snowfall, and in that case, we would not recommend you to put these lights up as it may result in a short circuit and cause a fire. Moreover, if you have a roof with a steep slope, we would advise against decorating them. To be able to decorate a roof make sure it is less than 45 degrees. It is imperative to be careful with the Christmas décor, and if you are new, we advise you not to try anything that may cause a risk. But we do recommend you to ask a professional help you set up your house for Christmas.

 

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Metal Roofing: The Way Forward

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Metal roofing has long been used for its durability, fire-resistant qualities, and long life spans. In addition to this, metal roofing now has more versatility than ever before, making it the material that inspires architects and roofing designers. Contractors cannot wait to work on projects with metal roofing. Metal roofing is now the go-to resource for new construction as well as renovation projects thanks to the multitude of benefits it has to offer.

Metal Roofing: The Way Forward

Endless aesthetic appeal

Metal roofing is available in a variety of colors, textures, and finishes to appeal to every designer and roofer. Panels can be curved or shaped to fit conical roofing or standard sheet-shapes. Metal roofing is waterproof and the continuous interlocking systems allowing for expansion and contraction help the roof appear straight. Designers like to use metal because it can be made to fit over decking or open framing.

The most commonly used metals are copper, steel, aluminum, and zinc. Because metal is lighter than other materials you can be more creative with style without compromising durability. Metal roofing is better able to withstand winds, extreme weather, and fire. Steel needs to be galvanized to maintain strength and aluminum is usually anodized before use. Copper is used when aesthetics are most important and zinc is the choice for optimal corrosion resistance.

Installation

Metal roofing installation is very important and requires an experienced and qualified roofer. The longevity of a metal roof depends heavily on how well it is installed. When properly installed, metal roofing can last up to three times longer than other roofing materials. You need to plan carefully for trim, fasteners, fans, skylights, and other accessories because it is essential to have professional installation of these to prevent leaking.

Make sure all components you use are compatible with the roof panel and any exposed metal panels should match the panels or trim. Molded closure strips need to be neoprene, solid-cell synthetic rubber, or polyvinyl chloride pre-molded to match the covering for waterproofing purposes. It is most important to make sure the metal panels do not come in contact with dissimilar materials like lead, graphite, or lumber, as this can cause early degradation and shorten the life of your metal roof.

Savings are Big

Metal roofing is a friend of the environment as it is 100% recyclable. This makes it a popular choice for roofing in today’s eco-friendly world. When compared to shingle roofing which ends up in the waste, metal roofing systems are more appealing in terms of keeping the country green. At the end of a metal roofing system’s life, the materials can be recycled or coated and used again.

When there is no need to remove the previous material, you save time and money when it comes to new system installation. Retrofitting in this way also reduces the amount of labor required for a project. This is especially useful for older buildings that are no longer up to code. With the installation of a metal roofing system over the outdated one, the building is up to code in no time.

Keeping cool

Metal roofing panels outlast typical solar panels and are much more affordable than replacing the roofing with solar-power grids. Metal roofing can be designed to enhance energy efficiency. For example, aluminum panels in undulating patterns can regulate temperature and provide overhangs to shade windows below. This reduces glare, maximizes natural daylight exposure to the inside, and saves on energy costs.

Cool coatings are added to metal roofing to improve reflectivity so that most of the solar energy absorbed is returned to the air This keeps the building cooler. These coatings are typically darker in color to maximize heat reflection and promote optimal cooling or the inside. Many metal roofing systems now come with enhanced ultraviolet protection and finish to protect from damp coastal weather. These coatings ensure that metal roofing can adequately expand and contract as the weather changes, so as not to become worn too quickly.

Final thoughts

Metal roofing offers flexibility, versatility, and durability. There are benefits to building owners, roofers, and designers. Metal looks good and lasts the distance. It saves money, promotes energy efficiency, and continues to inspire and innovate architects and designers with the vast selection of colors and styles metal can provide.

 

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