Roof-A-Cide®: Roof Cleaning & Maintenance Information for Community Board Members & Managers

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Roof-A-Cide 2014 Recap

As we close out another successful year, we’d like to welcome the following new Applicators: Pressure Perfection, Tru Colors, Contracting, & Colonial Roofing and we’d like to take a few minutes to thank everyone for your continued support. We hope this last year has been good to you and we wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

It’s been a very active year for Roof-A-Cide as we’ve been busy doing everything we can to educate homeowners, property managers, and board members to the benefits of proactive maintenance when it comes to their roofs.

With that in mind, we’d like to recap some of the things that we’ve found to be most helpful:
  • Trade Shows:
    We’ve been busy with tradeshows all over Florida talking to Community Managers and Board Members. This year, we’ve been part of the CAI National Convention & Expo, the Florida CommunityAssociation Journal / FCAP Expo, The South Florida Cooperator Expo, The FirstService Residential Expo, the SFWMD Water Conservation Expo, and several CA Days of local CAI chapters – among others. And we have even more planned for 2015.
  • Social Media:
    We’re very active on Social Media with thousands of connections. We’re connected with over 1,200 property managers on LinkedIn and the articles & information on our Property Management Blog and Google+ sites have been read over 100,000 times in the last year. This offers an opportunity for us to help you promote your company.
  • Continuing Education Courses:
    We’ll have a state certified CEU course completed in January that educates property managers and board members on proper roof maintenance for their communities. This will be very different from any of the courses that we’ve seen so far (especially as it pertains to roof cleaning) for the HOA, Condo, & Apartment industries. We expect this to be one of several that educate property managers on aspects of property maintenance that are expensive recurring items - Roof Maintenance, Painting, Pressure Cleaning. Obviously, we're looking forward to working with our partners that have expertise in these areas so that we can create classes that will educate managers to best practices in the Property Maintenance.

Once again, we thank you for your support & we wish you all the best in 2015!

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Roof-A-Cide at The Show: WPB Jan 2015

As an FCAP Member, Roof-A-Cide is once again proud to support The Show - Florida's only statewide conference and expo completely dedicated to educating Florida's community association professionals. 

The Show will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on January 15th, The Show is Free to attend for Board Members and Managers, and is a valuable source of information, education, & networking for those of us involved in the community association industry.

The Show is sponsored by Florida Community Association Journal and FCAP - Florida Community Association Professionals. FCAP is the only statewide professional organization serving the community association industry and Florida Community Association Journal is the state's oldest and most trusted source of information for managers and board members.



Roof-A-Cide will be in booth #104 & we’ll have reps available to explain how we, and the companies we work with, are helping Florida communities better maintain their properties with proactive maintenance that is both environmentally friendly AND saves money!

If your community has a project in 2015 that involves Re-roofing, Roof Cleaning & Maintenance, Painting, Seal-coating, or Pressure Cleaning - you owe it to yourself & your community to stop by and see us. We work with the industry’s top professionals in all of these areas and we can help you.


Roof-A-Cide is a 2014 Florida Community Association Journal Readers Choice Award Winner and we've been nominated again for 2015.
We'd like to thank all that voted!



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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Community Roof Cleaning and Maintenance

Here's a video we did recently that shows what preventative maintenance across a whole community can accomplish.

This is a community of 400+ homes that works with one of our Applicators. Their roofs are approximately 15 years old. And while most 15 year old shingle roofs in Florida would be black by now, these have never needed to be cleaned and they look almost pristine. Why? Because of Proactive, Preventative Maintenance.



Roof Cleaning is very common here in Florida because when the roof is covered in black algae, it not only looks bad and detracts from the aesthetics of the property or community, it detracts from the value of the property or community. This is why many homeowners in South Florida don't have a choice as to whether or not to keep their roofs clean - it's mandated by the communities they live in.

But cleaning the roofs with harsh chemicals or pressure cleaning puts unnecessary wear & tear on the roof and opens up the potential for damage. Preventative Maintenance is much easier on the roof and more cost-effective. Periodic inspections, minor repairs when needed, preventing algae & moss growth, etc all contribute to maximizing the life of the roof and lowering overall costs of ownership.

By eliminating the need for roof cleaning, this community is improving the aesthetics of the community, improving property values, reducing unnecessary disruption throughout the community, reducing unnecessary wear & tear, maximizing the life of the roofs - AND they're saving the community money while doing it.



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Roof-A-Cide is a Member of the Community Association Institute, Florida Community Association Providers, and a Florida Community Association Journal Award winner.



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Roof-A-Cide Welcomes Colonial Roofing


We're happy to announce that Colonial Roofing is now an
Authorized Roof-A-Cide® Applicator serving Southwest Florida and we wish them great success!


Established in 1978, Colonial Roofing has been serving Southwest Florida for over 35 years and is one of the only Full-Service residential and commercial roofing companies servicing Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, and Monroe Counties. Unlike most other companies, Colonial Roofing is uniquely qualified to handle EVERY aspect of your roof - Repairs, Cleaning, Maintenance, or Replacement.

Colonial Roofing is a company founded, and growing, on the principles of Service, Quality, and Integrity. They have earned the respect and loyalty of HOA and Condo communities throughout the area and have a unique understanding of the challenges these communities’ Boards and Managers have with respect to their roofs.




Colonial Roofing can be reached at 239-458-1000 or via their website at ColonialRoofing.com.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Roof-A-Cide at the 2014 SFLA Expo: Ft. Lauderdale Dec 11,2014

Roof-A-Cide is looking forward to participating in the South Florida Condo, HOA, Co-op & Apartment Expo. Join us on December 11th at the Broward County Convention Center. This event is trusted by thousands, it's the leading show of its kind in South Florida, & we're pleased to have been a part of it from the beginning. 

Roof-A-Cide will be in Booth #204
Here is a link to the show page


  • Join fellow board and association members, property managers, apartment building owners and homeowners
  • Keep up to date with industry issue & education
  • Meet the companies that can provide the service you need
  • Get your most important questions answered


Roof-A-Cide will be there to demonstrate and explain to Board Members and Community / Property Managers how, for over 20 years, we've been helping Florida communities maintain & protect their properties in a cost-effective & environmentally safe manner - AND how we help them Save Money While Doing It!

Come see us in booths 204 & 206 & be sure to stop by to talk with some of our Florida partners that will also be exhibiting: Best Roofing (Booth #923) & Coastal Painting (Booth #201). 



For over 20 years, we've been working with Homeowners, Communities, and Property Maintenance Professionals offering the ONLY EPA and Manufacturer Approved solution that actually PREVENTS ugly Roof Stains - Cost effectively keeping roofs looking like new, & ELIMINATING the need for Roof Cleaning and the damage associated with it.

Safe for the environment and approved by EVERY major manufacturer, Roof-A-Cide is effective on Asphalt Shingles, Concrete or Clay Tiles, Stone-Coated Metal, and Slate. A light spray every few years is all you need to keep your roofs clean & eliminate the need for future cleaning - GUARANTEED.

Whether it's individual homes or communities of over 1,000 - If maximizing property value and the life of the roof is important to you,
you need Roof-A-Cide.

Roof-A-Cide: Safe, Cost-effective, Proven, and Guaranteed!


Roof-A-Cide is a Member of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), Florida Community Association Professionals (FCAP), and is a Florida Community Association Journal (FLCAJ) Readers Choice Award Winner



Thursday, October 2, 2014

5 Tips for A Successful HOA or Condo Roof Cleaning Project

Cleaning the roofs of your HOA or Condo community can be a daunting task with a lot that can go wrong.

But if you’re on top of these five basics, you’ll be in a better position to select the right company to work with and your project is much more likely to go smoothly for the Residents, the Board, and Management.

  1. Qualifications & References – You’ll want to know what type of experience the company has with projects of similar size & scope.
  2. Schedule – You’ll want to work out a specific project schedule so that you know exactly when the project will start, how long it will take, and where crews should be on any given day. Obviously this should also be communicated to your residents.
  3. Warranties – First you’ll want to know what cleaning process the company will use and verify that this process will not void either your Workmanship or Manufacturer Warranty. Allowing a company to clean your roofs with high-pressure, strong chlorine bleach solutions, or chemicals that have not been approved by the manufacturer can void both of these. Then you’ll want to know the length of time that your roofs are going to stay clean, which company is backing this warranty, and what your recourse is should an issue arise.
  4. Insurance – Contractors working on HOA & Condo properties should be covered under both General Liability and Workers Comp. “Exemption Certificates” can allow some small companies to work without Workers Comp, but they don’t always protect a community from liability if a worker gets injured. Your insurance agent should explain exactly what you need to do to make sure your property is protected.
  5. Contact Person – You’ll want to have one main contact person that will be accessible and responsive to any and all concerns.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Roof-A-Cide at The Show

We would like to thank everyone at the Florida Community Association Journal & FCAP for organizing The Show in Orlando last week - it was an excellent event!

We'd also like to thank all of the Board Members and Property Managers that stopped by to learn how we can help their Communities - We're looking forward to working with you!




As a follow-up to The Show, we would like to provide you with some informational links that will help you understand what we, and the companies we work with, can do for your community when it comes to Roof Cleaning and Maintenance:
 
Roof-A-Cide at The Show



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Coming Soon to a Florida Community Near You.......

As many communities are scouring their budgets to cut costs, the roofs are where many are missing a great opportunity for substantial savings. Because the appearance of the roofs has such an impact on property values, many communities in Florida require that homeowners / residents keep their roofs clean – just like they require that the lawns are mowed, bushes are trimmed, and driveways are kept clean. The more proactive and comprehensively managed communities coordinate the roof cleaning for the benefit of the community – making it more convenient for the homeowners, maintaining a consistent look throughout the community, minimizing disruption, and saving money at the same time. This is where communities in Central Florida and on the Treasure Coast can learn a lot from their counterparts in Southeast and Southwest Florida.

It makes sense to most people that coordinated maintenance will save time and money and when you're dealing with an HOA community, the savings can be substantial. It's not unusual for communities to save tens of thousands of dollars by making relatively simple changes in their approach to property maintenance. If a community of 300 homes can save each resident $100 through coordinated maintenance, this will translate into a $30,000 savings for that community. In an industry where there is almost constant pressure to keep HOA dues low and avoid increases to every extent possible, this is substantial.

So why are some Central Florida and Treasure Coast communities not yet taking advantage of the opportunity to save so much money? It usually boils down to momentum. If the management of the community does not already involve keeping the roofs clean, some board members & property managers are reluctant to take on the added responsibility simply because it’s not convenient. But sometimes it’s a perception that getting involved with this will be arduous or open the community up to liability. This is not true about keeping the roofs clean any more than it’s true about painting, pressure cleaning, or landscaping. If management and the board vet their contractors properly, the process is relatively smooth and does not increase the exposure of the community – a fact proven out in South Florida over the last couple of decades.

Communities throughout Southeast Florida have been saving tens of thousands of dollars for decades by managing the roof cleaning process. Southwest Florida has caught on to this trend in the last 5-6 years. Now it’s time for Central Florida and the Treasure Coast to catch up.

So if you’re looking for ways to save money, look up. With the right approach, coordinating the roof cleaning in your community will enhance the community’s image, preserve and protect property values, and it will save the community money at the same time.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Learn More About HOA & Condo Association Maintenance Issues


In addition to our website, Roof-A-Cide is active on several Social Media sites to make it as easy and convenient as possible for Board Members and Property Managers to connect and interact with us to get the information they want and need: This Blog, Twitter, G+, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

This Blog is where we post information and answer questions about what we’re doing and how we’re helping Communities. Here you’ll also find information on Roof & Property Maintenance, different Authorized Roof-A-Cide® Applicators and what they specialize in, information on the Trade Shows and Industry Events we’re participating in, and updates on how we’re working with various Roofing Materials manufacturers. 


Twitter: We use Twitter to share quick updates, links, and news related to Roof-A-Cide®, Property Management, and Property Maintenance. https://twitter.com/racinformation

LinkedIn: Our LinkedIn company page is a convenient way for Property Managers and Property Management Companies to connect with us and exchange relevant information about company news, product development, and industry events. http://www.linkedin.com/company/roof-a-cide

Google+:  Our Google+ site is a multimedia discussion and exchange of ideas related to Property Management and Maintenance that includes information and discussion from various people and companies around the Web. https://plus.google.com/+RoofacideInfo/posts


Facebook:  Our Facebook page is another convenient way for our Customers to connect to ask questions, share comments & suggestions, and learn about discounts and promotions being offered by local Roof-A-Cide® Applicators. https://www.facebook.com/RACInformation

And if you have any questions you would like answered directly, you can always contact us at  Info@Roof-A-Cide.com or
call us at 1-
800-806-6727

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vote for Roof-A-Cide in the 2014 FLCAJ Readers' Choice Awards


Roof-A-Cide has been nominated for Florida Community Association Journal’s Second Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

The awards are presented to service providers that demonstrate through their commitment to the community associations they serve an exemplary level of proficiency, reliability, fairness, and integrity.

The award winners will be announced January 15, 2015 at The Show, the FLCAJ/FCAP Statewide Conference & Expo at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

We would appreciate your vote!


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thank You to Our Loyal Customers!



Our company has grown by creating long-term relationships with our customers based on providing value and guaranteed results. 

The best compliments our company receives on a regular basis are the repeat business and referrals from satisfied Communities like yours. 

We Thank You for Your Continued Support!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Are You a Community Manager Looking For a Different Career Direction?

Are you a Community Manager looking for a New Direction with excellent growth opportunity in the HOA / Condo industry? 

We work with an established and growing company in South Florida with an excellent reputation that is looking to expand its sales force deeper in the HOA & Condo markets. 

If you have Community Management experience, especially in property maintenance & capital budgeting and can communicate well with Boards of Directors, this could be a great opportunity for you. 

Please contact us at Info@Roof-A-Cide.com for details if you, or someone you know, might be interested in learning more about this. 


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Roof-A-Cide is a proud Sponsor of The Show



The Show is Florida's only statewide conference and expo completely dedicated to educating Florida's condo and community association professionals

Friday, July 25, 2014

Don't Miss The Show

Roof-A-Cide is proud to be a sponsor of the Florida Community Association Journal and FCAP Conference & Expo
in Orlando on Sept. 26!

  • What: The Show: Orlando - Education & Expo: The Show is Florida's only statewide conference and expo completely dedicated to educating Florida's condo and community association professionals. 
  • When: September 26, 2014
  • Where: Orlando World Center Marriott
  • Who: Board Members, Managers, and Service Providers of Condominium Associations, Cooperatives, HOAs, Timeshares, and Mobile Home Communities
  • Why: To meet, learn, share, relax, and have fun!




Roof-A-Cide is a 2014 Florida Community Association Journal
Reader's Choice Award Winner. 

FLCAJ awards are presented to service providers that demonstrate, through their commitment to the community associations they serve, an exemplary level of proficiency, reliability, fairness, and integrity. 

Learn how we can help Your Community:
 Roof-A-Cide Info for Community Mgrs




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Florida Communities are “Going Coastal”


Coastal Painting Company is one of the largest painting companies in Florida. With 25 crews and state of the art equipment offering a full range of services, Coastal has completed over 40 HOA, Condo, and Apartment communities in the last quarter alone. Their main offices service Southeast Florida from The Keys through The Treasure Coast. They also have offices in Orlando and Bonita Springs and servicing Central and Southwest Florida.

One of Coastal's Five high-capacity Roof-A-Cide® spray rigs

As active members of the CAI, AAGO, and Compliance Depot - Coastal is engaged with and understands the needs and challenges of today’s Community Managers in Florida’s HOA, Condo, & Apartment Communities.

Over the past year, Coastal has also been very active in explaining how they help communities through their active participation in some of the industries key trade shows & events:
  • The FirstService Residential Trade Show & Expo in Fort Lauderdale
  • The Florida Community Association Journal Show in WPB
  • The CAI Central Florida Trade Show in Orlando
  • The ROMAC Home Improvement Trade Show at The Villages
  • The Leland Management Annual Retreat
  • The Apartment Association of Greater Orlando Trade Show
  • South Florida Cooperator HOA & Condo Show in WPB
  • And they’ll be participating in the ZRS Maintenance Tradeshow & Corporate Dinner at the Hard Rock in Hollywood tomorrow

The main thrust of Coastal is the painting of communities of all sizes, offering 8 & 10 year warranties using the top lines of Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, UCI, PPG/Porter paints. And since 2002, Coastal has been an Authorized Roof-A-Cide® Applicator, using Roof-A-Cide® as an integral part of their “Top To Bottom” community maintenance program.  

Offering annual and semi-annual contracts for the care and upkeep of communities, which includes roof cleaning & treatment, painting, sealcoating/stripping, and maintenance of all common areas has reduced the cost to Communities by packaging these services together. By consolidating these services and having a one stop contractor, the maintenance is easily coordinated, cost-effective, the property always looks great, and Coastal handles it all from “Top To Bottom”.

Steve Warsche`, Vice President of Coastal Painting Company, explains that this is the popular trend with Communities. These programs centralize responsiveness and eliminate all the additional work it takes to employ multiple contractors. With state of the art equipment and top quality products and services, Warsche` wants every Association to say “We’re going Coastal”.




Who are Coastal Painting’s Key Players?
  • Miami Dade & Broward: Felipe Cavidad
  • Naples / Ft. Myers: Steve Michaelson
  • Central Florida: Phillip Walters
  • Palm Beach: Brad Schuler & Thomas Lapari
  • The Treasure Coast: Heidi Condon

If you would like to eliminate a lot of the time, effort, and cost associated with keeping your property looking its best, Go Coastal - the only company you need to keep your property looking great!

Serving Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, Indian River, St. Lucie, Lee and Collier counties and the Orlando and Central Florida communities

Corporate Office
6820 Lyons Technology Circle, Suite 105, Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Toll Free: (800) 320-8083 • Main: (954) 427-1994 • Fax: (954) 427-1966
http://www.coastalpaintingcompany.com/

Sunday, July 13, 2014

FRSA Recap - Roofing Industry All Stars Working for You

Roof-A-Cide was pleased to participate in our 10th year at the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Expo. The Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo is the 2nd largest show of its kind in the US. The FRSA has once again demonstrated why they are an invaluable resource for Florida Roofing Contractors that want to stay up to date and offer their Customers the best products and services available.

This was our busiest year yet and we’d like to thank the Roofing Pros and Manufacturers that came by our booth on Friday & Saturday to learn more about what we’re doing to Revolutionize the way Roof Cleaning & Maintenance is done and why Roof-A-Cide is the name that Contractors and Communities can Trust and Rely on.

From Roofing Contractors to Roofing Manufacturers, we’re working with some of the industry’s best to elevate the level of service and commitment to quality that customers should expect when it comes to the roofs that protect their homes and businesses. 

What Does This Mean For You?
Manufacturers are producing better roofing materials every year that are designed to be more durable and last longer - but they only work well if they’re installed by qualified Contractors with the knowledge and attention to detail needed to install them correctly. And they won’t last anywhere near as long as they’re designed to unless they’re properly maintained. The Contractors we work with understand this and that’s why they use Roof-A-Cide and regularly scheduled Roof Maintenance to maximize the performance, value, and life expectancy of the roof. These are Contractors that are looking to build long-term relationships with their Customers.

For decades, Homeowners, Contractors, and Communities in Southeast Florida have known that Roof-A-Cide and proper roof maintenance lowers overall costs and extends the life of the roof. Now, many more Roofing Pros from areas like Jacksonville, Naples/Ft. Myers, Orlando, and Tampa are starting to realize this and they're ready to start offering this to their Customers. As a result, we expect Customers all over Florida will soon have as much choice as South Florida Customers have.

So, hopefully, the Roofing Contractor you work with will soon start offering you Roof-A-Cide as part of a cost-effective Roof Maintenance plan. But if your Roofing Contractor does not WANT to help you maintain the roof, keep it clean, and maximize the life of the roof – contact us & we’ll be happy to put you in touch with one that does.



For more information on what we do, how we do it, and how it can benefit you and your community, please feel free to visit our website, blogs, & follow us on LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube. And if you have specific questions or would like help, please feel free to email us at Info@Roof-A-Cide.com or call 800-806-6727.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Community Manager & Board Member Education

Want to Help Educate and Inform Your Managers or Boards of Directors?

Roof-A-Cide Offers On-Site Property Maintenance Presentations for Property Management companies and Community or Condo Associations.

We work with some of Florida’s most established and respected Roofing, Painting, and Property Maintenance companies. These customized presentations have been created to focus on how the companies we work with help Communities to implement very cost-effective maintenance programs that will increase the useful life of Roofs, Paint, and Concrete Surfaces such as Driveways or Sidewalks - and thereby lower overall costs and minimize disruptions to Communities.

Learn how we can help you:
  • Maintain your Communities More Effectively
  • Save Money
  • Do this with Proven, Environmentally Safe Processes

These are Educational, Multi-media, Q&A Presentations that can range from 5 minutes to an hour Depending on YOUR Time and Meeting Requirements.
If you would like to arrange one of these presentations for your company or Association, please contact us at 800-806-6727 ext 8 or email us at Info@Roof-A-Cide.com

Learn why knowledgeable Roofing and Property Maintenance Professionals as well as Community Management Professionals choose Roof-A-Cide and how Your Community Can Benefit.

Roof-A-Cide is Win-Win for Your Community!



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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Community Roof Cleaning and Maintenance

These Roofs Scheduled for Replacement Ten Years Ago Look Great
These Roofs were Scheduled for
Replacement roughly Ten Years Ago
For most Florida communities, Roof Cleaning is part of recurring maintenance simply because dirty roofs look bad and clean roofs look much better. Very few things drag down the appearance of the average community like roofs that look old and worn out because they are covered in black algae. 


But if they’re truly looking to maximize value and minimize long-term costs, appearance is only one of several factors that Board Members and Community Managers should be concerned with regarding their community’s significant investment in their roofs.

Aside from aesthetics, communities should also be concerned with:
  • Longevity & Proper Performance
  • Long-term Cost
  • Property Values
  • Disruption / Inconvenience
  • Warranties
Regular Inspections & Maintenance: A Stitch in Time Saves Nine
Contrary to what many people outside of the Roofing Industry believe, you cannot put a roof on today, forget about it, and expect it to last for decades. 
But They Still Look Great &
Function Fine Today
But if your community is accustomed to reactionary maintenance, you’ll probably have the roofs cleaned when they become an eyesore, you’ll have a Roofer inspect and repair the roofs when someone is complaining about leaks, and the roofs will be replaced much sooner than they should have been. This reactionary approach to maintenance doesn't work well for any major repair or replacement item – pools, pavement, HVAC, etc. and it doesn't work well for Roofing.

The best approach is a comprehensive, proactive maintenance program that includes:
1.      Regular inspections with special attention to common problem areas
2.      Minor maintenance / repair
3.      Keeping the roofs clean to eliminate the need for unnecessary wear & tear associated with roof cleaning
4.      A periodic assessment of the remaining useful life of the roofs (No one likes to be surprised by a major project)

The Board & Management are charged with spending everyone's money wisely. This approach will not only protect the community’s investment by helping to prolong the life of the roofs, but it will also keep the property aesthetically pleasing and minimize disruption as it gives the Board & Management the critical information they need in order to budget and plan properly for ongoing repairs & maintenance as well as the eventual replacement. 


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