Some Tips on How to prevent ventilation problems with your roof

At MJT Roofing, we have always stressed the importance of preventing roof ventilation problems as being essential to maintaining a healthy and efficient home. Proper roof ventilation helps regulate temperature, reduce moisture buildup, prevent ice dams and extend the life of your roof. Here are some steps you can take to prevent roof ventilation problems:

We all need to vent! That goes double for your roof! Choosing the right ventilation system is essential and MJT Roofing will walk you through every step of the process. Make sure your home has an appropriate ventilation system in place. This may include ridge vents, soffit vents, gable vents, or powered attic fans, depending on your roof type and local climate.

  • Keep vents clear: Regularly inspect and clean the vents to ensure they are not obstructed by debris, dirt, or bird nests. Blocked vents can impede proper airflow and lead to ventilation issues.
  • Balance intake and exhaust: Ensure a balanced ventilation system where intake vents (usually located at the soffits) allow fresh air to enter the attic, while exhaust vents (such as ridge vents or gable vents) expel hot and moist air. Proper balance prevents air stagnation and promotes efficient airflow.
  • Seal gaps and cracks: Check for any gaps, cracks, or openings in the roof, especially around vents and chimneys. These can allow air leaks and compromise the effectiveness of your ventilation system.
  • Avoid improper attic storage: If you use the attic for storage, avoid covering or blocking the vents with stored items. Allow air to flow freely through the attic to maintain proper ventilation.
  • Insulate properly: Adequately insulate the attic to prevent warm air from inside the house from rising into the attic space. In the winter, this can cause snow to melt on the roof and lead to ice dams when it refreezes at the roof edges.
  • Choose appropriate roofing materials: Certain roofing materials may affect ventilation. For instance, clay or concrete tiles can trap heat, while metal roofs may require additional insulation and ventilation considerations.
  • Regular roof maintenance: Perform routine inspections of your roof and attic to catch any issues early on. Look for signs of mold, mildew, or moisture damage, which can indicate ventilation problems.
  • Maintenance includes have your roof professional inspection: Consider hiring a professional roofing contractor to conduct a thorough inspection of your roof and ventilation system. They can identify any issues and provide recommendations for improvements.

By following these tips, you can help prevent roof ventilation problems and ensure your home remains comfortable and protected from potential damage caused by poor ventilation. Remember that proper ventilation not only extends the life of your roof but also improves energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

Choosing the right ventilation for your roof is just as important as the roof itself. The professional roofing contractors at MJT Roofing are your go-to specialists for all of this and more.

Call MJT Roofing today!

At MJT Roofing, we hop on your roof and provide a thorough inspection of anything that may have been damaged. If everything looks great, we’ll continue to check in periodically. If there is significant enough damage, we will walk you through the next few steps to get started on roof repair and replacement.

Over the next several weeks and months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

6 Benefits of Having a Professional Roof Inspection

If you have to think long and hard to remember the last time you had a professional roof inspection done on your Connecticut home, or if you’ve never had one, it’s time to go ahead and schedule one now. Regular roof inspections twice a year, help uncover hidden roof damage that, while it may seem small now, could become a more costly fix later. That’s not the only benefit.

Here are 6 benefits of having a professional roof inspection:

  1. It’s FREE — You really don’t have an excuse for not getting a professional roof inspection done when it’s free. Every reputable roofing contractor offers one, and the fact that they offer it for free tells you that their intentions are good and that their focus is your home’s best interests.
  2. You’ll know how old your roof is — Wouldn’t it be nice to know from a reputable roofer how much longer your roof has left before it needs to be replaced? Of course, it would. And that’s what roof inspections offer. On top of letting you know your roof’s longevity, your roofer can advise you on small repairs to do now that will help extend your roof’s life even further.
  3. Peace of mind — There’s no worse feeling than not knowing what your roof can handle. What if a major storm blows through? Are my gutters clogged — I can’t see that high without getting on the roof myself? One of the biggest benefits of a professional roof inspection is that you’ll have the peace of mind that someone has seen it, gone over every square inch, and let you know what to expect.
  4. You don’t have to do it yourself — Sure, you could climb up on your roof and do the inspection yourself. But why would you when you can get someone who knows what they’re looking for to do it for free? On top of that, it’s not safe to do roof inspections yourself, and you could unintentionally damage your shingles just from walking on them the wrong way.
  5. Detect leaks faster — Some leaks are present on your roof even if they haven’t reached the inside of your home yet. A roof inspection will uncover these issues and give you and your roofer a chance to repair them before they become more costly down the line.
  6. Increase your home’s value — The more aware you are of what’s happening on your roof, and the quicker you can catch and fix potential issues, the better off your roof will be and the better it will look. As a result, your home’s value will continue to go up.

Roof inspections matter

We all want our home to look nice. From the carefully crafted landscaping that makes our humble abode the envy of the neighborhood to picture-perfect blinds and shutters and how we choose to decorate everything inside the front door, it’s all we can think about. And yet, we often overlook the one element that ties everything together and makes our home a home — the roof.

This is why regular roof inspections are so important. If left unattended, your roof and all the parts that make up the integrity of your roofing system can quickly fail — unbeknownst to you.

You simply can’t put a price on having a professional roof inspection. We can find faults in your roof that, while they seem small now, can be fixed before they cause costly damage to everything you own.

Call MJT Roofing today!

There are so many things to be aware of as a homeowner when it comes to your roof. Conducting routine roof inspections is one, and over the next several months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

Does a New Roof Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal?

When many homeowners think about improving the overall look of their Connecticut home, they look at things like new shudders, beautiful landscaping, decorations, ornate light fixtures, and even a fresh coat of paint. But what about the roof? Believe it or not, a new roof improves your home’s curb appeal, too.

Your roof is actually the most dominating feature your home possesses. If it’s new and perfect looking, people will take notice. If it looks torn up and tattered, people also notice — but not in a good way.

In fact, an old roof can make all those other curb-appeal updates seem invisible.

What do we mean when we say curb appeal?

Curb appeal is defined as a home’s initial appeal when viewed from the street. When someone drives by, whether it’s a neighbor coming home from a long day at work or a potential buyer cruising the neighborhood, there are certain things that will stick out about your home — good, bad, or indifferent.

Examples of what is included in a home’s curb appeal include:

  • The front entrance
  • The condition of the paint and siding
  • Landscaping
  • Trees
  • Porch decorations
  • Light fixtures
  • Secure fencing and/or gates
  • Front door
  • Porches
  • Your roof

A new roof improves curb appeal in many ways.

  1. Improve a home’s aesthetics — Depending on the style and colors available to you, a new roof can complement your home’s architectural design and help your overall facade stand out from others on the block. For example, you can switch from shingles to tile or black shingles to gray or another color.
  2. Adding value to your home — Any new roof creates a boom in property value, which means you can sell your house for more money. Prospective buyers love when a home they’re interested in has a brand-new roof because it’s a symbol of longevity and shows you care about the property. More importantly, a new roof improves your home’s energy efficiency.
  3. A leg up over the competition — If you’re trying to sell your home, the smallest upgrades can mean a big difference for potential buyers when it comes to narrowing down their choices. So if you have a new roof and another home doesn’t, a buyer will likely choose your home.

No one suggests that you need to go out and buy a new roof now. But your friends here at MJT Roofing would like to remind you that every roof must be replaced eventually, either because of a damaging storm or because they’ve outlived their lifespan. If that’s the case with you right now, your home’s curb appeal could suffer in the meantime.

Call MJT Roofing today!

There are so many things to be aware of as a homeowner when it comes to your roof. Over the next several months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you! We can find faults in your roof that, while they seem small now, can be fixed before they cause costly damage to everything you own.

5 Tips for Choosing the Best Professional Roofing Contractor

Trying to find the best professional roofing contractor can feel like trying to find the proverbial needle in a haystack. There are roofers all over Connecticut, and all of them say they are the best in situations where a lot is at stake. But are they really? What separates them from the pack?

Regardless of whether you ultimately choose MJT Roofing, rest assured that we want you to be as educated as possible so that you feel confident in what you do with your next roof replacement.

Look for a local company — When sifting through the seemingly unending list of roofing professionals at your fingertips, narrow your search to a local roofer with longevity in the community. After a storm or during certain times of the year, you may see an influx of roofers trying to earn your business. These are typically out-of-area roofers who won’t be here for long. Stick with someone who is here and plans to be here for a long time. If it helps, consider asking friends and family for referrals.

Get a second quote — Before trusting your roof to just any roofer, you should know all your options. In fact, most roofing professionals recommend at least a second roof quote. The majority even recommend a third roof quote! The cheapest isn’t always the best, though. So ask questions, understand their plan, and get everything in writing.

Seek out the over-communicator — A lot is at stake when it comes to your roof. If you have questions or feel like you’re in the dark when it comes to what you’re contractor is doing, then you’re in trouble. If you can’t get your roofer to call you back or feel like you’re not on the same page, it’s a huge red flag.

Associations with other companies — The really good roofing companies are associated with other reputable general contractors you may have heard of. They may even be on a preferred list with your insurance company. Having an idea of who they’ve worked with in the past can go a long way in giving you peace of mind as you start a project.

Warranties — You should stay away from roofers that don’t warranty their work. It’s as simple as that.

Call MJT Roofing today!

At MJT Roofing, we pride ourselves on being the best roofing contractor in Connecticut. We hop on your roof and provide a thorough inspection of anything that may have been damaged. If everything looks great, we’ll continue to check in periodically. If there is significant enough damage, we will walk you through the next few steps to get started on roof repair and replacement.

Over the next several weeks and months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

5 Tips To Make Sure Your Roof Is Prepared for the Next Storm

When many homeowners think about taking a look at their roof, it’s usually during those first few moments after a big Connecticut storm. Maybe there are shingles lying in the driveway, tree limbs in the landscaping, or shingle granules collecting in the downspouts. While a roof inspection is crucial in any of these scenarios, it’s equally as important before the storm. Getting your roof prepared for the next storm can go a long way in possibly limiting the damage you incur.

Is it possible to completely stormproof your roof? No. Mother Nature has a knack for winning that battle more often than not. But here are five tips to make sure your roof is as prepared as possible for the next storm.

Schedule a professional roof inspection beforehand

Calling your trusted roofing contractor for a quick roof inspection before — not just after — a storm can uncover potential problem areas. This includes previous damage to flashing or gutters, missing or damaged shingles, weak points in your roof, and more. Sure, these items may be very minor at the time, but they’ll be a bigger issue eventually.

Inspect your roof from the inside out

No one is asking you to hop on your roof and do an inspection. In all seriousness, please leave that to trained professionals like the ones here at MJT Roofing. However, what you can do is look for signs of trouble from the inside out. This includes visible water stains on bedroom ceilings or in the attic. Peeling paint or wet insulation can also be a telltale sign that something is wrong with your roof. Stand in your driveway and look up at the roof — can you see shingles that are missing, curled, or buckled? Make a note of these items, and then call us out to take a look.

Clean your gutters

Another tip to make sure your roof is prepared for the next storm is to clean out your gutters. When working correctly, gutters push water away from your home. If your gutters are clogged, water can and will collect closer to your foundation and eventually get inside your home. If you’re one of the many homeowners in Connecticut who have large, beautiful trees with long limbs, fallen leaves will likely accumulate in your gutters.

Secure doors and windows

Inspect all doors and windows for cracks or signs of leaks. Just because your doors and windows still close properly doesn’t mean water can’t get inside and cause damage. And if there is existing damage to your doors and windows that have gone unattended for too long, the odds are high that there is also damage you are unaware of on your roof.

Trim your trees

Many times, it’s not hail or high winds that cause direct damage to your roof during a storm but rather the trees that are extremely close to the roofline. During a big storm, it won’t take much for tree limbs to snap and land on your roof or be swayed by the wind just enough that they rub against your shingles and cause major damage.

Much like your car, a roof requires regular roof inspections to stand the test of time. And by “regular,” we don’t strictly mean those moments after a severe storm. We mean doing spot-checks ahead of storm season, after storm season, etc. You simply can’t put a price on having a professional roof inspection. We can find faults in your roof that, while they seem small now, can be fixed before they cause costly damage to everything you own.

Call MJT Roofing today!

There are so many things to be aware of as a homeowner when it comes to your roof. Conducting routine roof inspections is one, and over the next several months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

Need a Connecticut Roofer You Can Trust? Check Out Our 5-Star Reviews

At MJT Roofing, we know you have unlimited options when selecting a Connecticut roofer for your next roof repair or replacement. There are roofing contractors practically on every street corner waiting to help you with everything from a few missing shingles to gutter damage, window cracks, and siding damage. But having so many options at your fingertips can also be overwhelming. The answer? Check out their 5-star reviews. And trust us when we say that we have plenty of those.

Since 2010, MJT Roofing has been taking the difficult task of finding a roofer and making it a very simple process for you. When working with us, you can rest assured that you will be provided with a quality product at a reasonable price. More importantly, your expectations will be exceeded with value.

Don’t believe us? Here are just a few of our 5-star reviews from real roofing clients.

“If you are looking for a roofing company that provides high-quality products and service at a very reasonable price, look no further than MJT Roofing. Getting a new roof installed can be challenging and intimidating, but my experience with MJT made the process very easy. They communicate readily and often. It was a very short time from when we made our shingle selection to completion, which was finished in one day! Add to that the fact that they were so tidy and the entire crew was polite and friendly . . .give them a call. You will not be disappointed!” — E. Seaman

“Manny and his crew are the true definition of professionalism! He offers a great
price with quality workmanship. They arrive when they say they will, and the job is
completed on time. My husband and I highly recommend MJT roofing!” — J. Fortier

“I am so impressed with MJT. They are prompt and totally professional. MJT did a beautiful,
thorough job even when I added a change to the plans shortly before they started work. I
recommend them 100%.” — S Wayne

“Very impressed. I just bought my house in 2020 and knew it was gonna need a new roof. The
guys came and installed my roof in one day! Very hard working, and it looks amazing. Thanks, Manny
and your many workers!” — T. Murdock

“MJT replaced my entire roof – 1600 square feet of shingles as well as a large one-piece flat roof system above a loft area. The crew consisted of the owner, Manny, and six employees, and they completed all of the work and clean up in one workday. The crew operated like a well-practiced team and paid attention to preventing damage to the property. My home was wrapped in a protective netting that allowed discarded roof materials to glide to the ground without disturbing my extensive landscape plantings. Cleanup was perfect. The workmanship was excellent and the price very competitive. Manny is a great pleasure to work with, and it’s to his credit that he doesn’t have a single dissatisfied customer review. I have joined the ranks of so many other people who highly recommend MJT Roofing!” — J. K

“We had an emergency situation with our roof leaking, and I placed a call to Manny
describing our issue. Within a couple of days, he sent his technician, Kevin, over to repair our roof.
It looks great, the price was very reasonable, and our leak was fixed. I couldn’t be happier with
MJT’s response and service! A +++.” — A Kimball

Trust us when we say there are more 5-star reviews where those came from. Check out our website and the rest of our Google reviews to see why we are the preferred roofing contractor of choice.

Call MJT Roofing today!

At MJT Roofing, we hop on your roof and provide a thorough inspection of anything that may have been damaged. If everything looks great, we’ll continue to check in periodically. If there is significant enough damage, we will walk you through the next few steps to get started on roof repair and replacement.

Over the next several weeks and months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

5 Reasons to Hire MJT Roofing For Your Next Roof Repair or Replacement

MJT Roofing wants to be your roofer for life. Having served Connecticut for over a decade, we’ve helped thousands of families and businesses with everything from replacing a few missing shingles to swapping out windows and gutters, installing new siding to improve a home’s curb appeal and complete roof replacement.

There isn’t much we haven’t seen or done regarding roof repair or replacement. But we also know you have options, and this likely isn’t the first time you’ve heard similar credentials.

So, Why Choose MJT Roofing? Here are 5 excellent reasons!

  1. We are local — After a storm, you may see an influx of roofers trying to earn your business. While they may be good at what they do, they aren’t local. They don’t know the area or your neighborhood, and they certainly haven’t worked with any of your friends and neighbors. Unlike out-of-area roofers, we plan to be here for a very long time. We also have an in-depth understanding of building codes and the specific needs and problems faced by Connecticut homeowners and building owners.
  2. We do more than just roofs — Our services don’t stop at roofs. Choose MJT Roofing because we can also take care of your window, siding, and gutter replacement needs just as easily as a full roof replacement. We pride ourselves on offering a variety of services to ensure your property has enviable curb appeal and protects you and your family for years to come.
  3. We have high standards — When we accept a job, we view that property as if it were our own. That means no cutting corners, unnecessary delays, or taking your trust for granted. If something still doesn’t look right when we’re finished, we stay put until the job is done right. We only use the highest quality materials and only employ the best team to ensure your next roof is installed to perfection.
  4. We are over-communicators — When you hire someone to fix your roof, you expect to be kept in the loop and communicated with from start to finish. Sadly, not all roofing contractors are good in this area. They simply show up, do the work, and expect you to know what’s going on. At MJT Roofing, we realize that a lot is at stake when it comes to your roof — and we always err on the side of over-communicating. If you have questions or feel like you’re in the dark when it comes to what you’re contractor is doing, then you’re in trouble. We will always stay on the same page with you.
  5. We have references — We mentioned earlier that MJT Roofing had served the Connecticut area for 12 years. That means people know who we are and have seen our work. So don’t be afraid to ask around. In fact, we want you to! Word-of-mouth is the best way to ensure you’ve chosen the right roofer. Do you have neighbors, friends, or family who previously used MJT Roofing and continue to sing our praises? Take these into consideration, including online testimonials.

Trying to find the best professional roofing contractor close to home can feel like trying to find the proverbial needle in a haystack. There are roofers all over Connecticut, and all of them say they are the best in situations where a lot is at stake. But are they really? What separates them from the pack?

Regardless of whether you ultimately choose MJT Roofing, rest assured that we want you to be as educated as possible so that you feel confident in what you do with your next roof replacement.

Call MJT Roofing today!

At MJT Roofing, we pride ourselves on being the best roofing contractor in Connecticut. We hop on your roof and provide a thorough inspection of anything that may have been damaged. If everything looks great, we’ll continue to check in periodically. If there is significant enough damage, we will walk you through the next few steps to get started on roof repair and replacement.

Over the next several weeks and months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

What Should You Do If Something Has Punctured a Hole in Your Roof?

You walk outside for a morning stroll and notice that something has punctured a hole in your roof. The instant thoughts of gloom and doom set in and rightfully so. No one wants a hole in their roof and the worst part is that you’re not even sure what to do. All you know is that it can’t stay that way.

A punctured roof is an emergency issue that needs to be looked at immediately. A Licensed Roofing Contractor can assess the damage and at a minimum, temporarily secure the roof until a full inspection can be scheduled.

What is a roof puncture, exactly?

Roof punctures can happen at any time and are typically caused when a foreign object puts too much pressure on your roofing material and creates a hole. That hole can range from a small hole in a single shingle to a hole that goes straight through to the underlayment and plywood beneath the shingles.

Many things can puncture a hole in your roof. Just a few examples include:

  • Tree limbs
  • Hailstones
  • Rodents and animals
  • Strong winds

What should you do when something has punctured your roof? Call the roofing professionals at  MJT Roofing. Many roof punctures can easily be spotted by walking around your property. But it’s always best to have a roofing professional from MJT Roofing climb up on the roof and see what’s going on.

Call MJT Roofing today!

At MJT Roofing, we want to be your Connecticut roofing professional for life. We will hop on your roof and provide a thorough inspection of anything that may have been damaged. If everything looks great, we’ll continue to check in periodically. If there is significant enough damage — especially if something punctured a hole in your roof — we’ll walk you through the next few steps to get started on roof repair and replacement.

Over the next several weeks and months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

Four Risks to DIY Roof Repairs

If you’re a self-proclaimed do-it-yourselfer, you likely bristle at the thought of hiring anyone to handle your home improvement needs for you – including minor or major roof repairs. After all, why hire someone when you’re equally capable of DIY roof repairs, right? While we love to see homeowners take the reins and fix things on their own, it’s better to leave roof repairs to professionals.

Without fail, some people believe they can save a few bucks by bypassing their Connecticut roofing contractor and fixing the issues themselves. But there are risks involved with this DIY tactic.

We’d even go so far as to say the risks far outweigh whatever money you could save.

Here are 4 risks to DIY roof repairs you should know:

  1. Injury — You may not think climbing up on a one-story roof is that big of a deal. But the truth is that slip-and-fall accidents are very common with DIY roof repairs and can result in significant injuries ranging from a broken wrist to a head injury and even death. Roofers follow strict safety regulations and consider all sorts of factors you may not be thinking of, from the weather outside to what clothes and shoes that they’re wearing and which safety equipment they use.
  2. Threat of more damage — Yes, there is a chance that you could climb on your roof to repair something as small as a few missing shingles and end up causing even more damage due to your inexperience working on roofs. Water damage and leaks can arise if your roof isn’t repaired correctly, and you may not realize that there is additional damage until it’s too late. 
  3. More money spent on equipment — Roofers have years of experience and the proper equipment on hand to tackle any roof damage. Homeowners generally don’t, which means the money you thought you’d saved by doing DIY roof repairs will be eaten up by the cost of additional tools and equipment.
  4. Voided warranties and insurance issues — Many manufacturer warranties are only valid if a licensed roofing contractor installs those products and does so according to proper specifications. This includes everything from shingles to flashing, gutters, and more. Any damage you cause to these products, including improper installation techniques, can cancel their warranty. Furthermore, you run the risk of your insurance company not covering roof damage that you caused through DIY roof repairs.

At MJT Roofing, we understand that a sense of pride comes with DIY roof repairs. But when it comes to roof repairs, it’s better to enlist help from professionals who work with roofs every day and can ensure the job gets done right the first time. 

Call MJT Roofing today!

At MJT Roofing, we hop on your roof and provide a thorough inspection of anything that may have been damaged. If everything looks great, we’ll continue to check in periodically. If there is significant enough damage, we will walk you through the next few steps to get started on roof repair and replacement. 

Over the next several weeks and months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

4 Reasons Why Roofs Fail

It’s one thing when your roof falls victim to harsh weather conditions such as wind, rain, snow, extreme heat, etc. But when you get a new roof only to have to replace it again a few years later for seemingly no reason at all — now that can be frustrating. Your roof has failed. But why?

Here are 4 reasons that could shed light on why roofs fail:

  1. Shoddy roof installation — Not every Connecticut roof is installed correctly or by the right roofing contractors. In many cases, cheap materials are also the culprit. The result is a roof that is compromised from the start, leading to premature leaks, loose shingles, and overall wear and tear.
  2. Improper ventilation — Some homes don’t have enough ventilation (natural airflow) or don’t have any ventilation at all. If this is the case with your home, and everything is sealed up like a drum, you sabotage the integrity of your roof from the inside out and increase the chances of why roofs fail. This includes dangerously high indoor temperature extremes, poor energy efficiency, risk for ice dams, and more. Simply put, properly installed ventilation on your roof is just as important as a quality roof.
  3. Lack of maintenance — Your roof is constantly exposed to sunlight, wind, rain, hail, snow, ice, tree branches, etc. Nothing may be wrong right now, but eventually, your roof’s performance suffers. This is where roof maintenance can really help. Getting the most out of your roof includes inspecting and cleaning out gutters, keeping nearby trees in check, conducting roof inspections, and more.
  4. Mismatching roof materials — Shingles and other materials that don’t look the same from one side of the roof to the next not only look bad but are also big reasons why roofs fail prematurely. Using mismatched materials also puts you in danger of voiding the manufacturer’s warranty. 

Call MJT Roofing today!

At MJT Roofing, our goal is to ensure your next roof replacement stands the test of time. We hop on your roof and provide a thorough inspection of anything that may have been damaged. If everything looks great, we’ll continue to check in periodically. If there is significant enough damage, we will walk you through the next few steps to get started on roof repair and replacement. 

Over the next several weeks and months, we’ll continue to publish helpful content to our blog page so that MJT Roofing can be a go-to resource for you!

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