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Quartz Driveways and Driveway Re-surfacing Solutions

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Finding alternatives to replacing deteriorated and spalling driveways has arrived! Most folks like the idea of resurfacing their driveway to replacing because they get a decorative driveway for less money than getting another plain old gray driveway. They also know that they won’t experience the same problem again that caused their driveway to fail in the first place.

You see, spalling occurs during the installation where the concrete finish is compromised during the concrete finishing process. This can be caused by several conditions but most commonly by freezing in cold temperature or getting over-worked in hot temperatures. This condition is common and affects about 1 in 3 driveways in almost every region of the United States.

If your driveway is compromised during installation, then about a year or so after installation you will begin to see small dime size flaking concrete on the surface of your driveway that will progressively spread throughout the entire concrete surface. If this happens, you are left with a decision to make. Until recently, the only option was to tear it out and put in a replacement. Today, we can offer a pretty awesome alternative of a Quartz driveway which is extremely appealing to even the most discerning homeowner!

These driveways have great UV, chemical and wear resistance and are perfect for the wear and tear our Colorado driveways must endure. They are available in many colors to compliment any décor and is less expensive than replacement which is huge! Decorative concrete for less money that another plain gray concrete driveway? It’s a no-brainer solution that will increase the value of your home and make your property really stand out!

We invite you to contact us for a free consultation at 303-435-3334 and allow us to show you all the possibilities available with our design consultants!

 

Article written by:

Daniel L.Yalacki CEO/President

Malibu Pools LLC and Concrete Restoration System LLC

Phone: 303-435-3334   

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Commercial Concrete Restoration

We also offer commercial concrete restoration for showrooms, manufacturing facilities, special agricultural grow floors and all types of commercial renovation applications. In this article, we will be looking at a sun deck at a condominium complex in downtown Denver.

This project is a 5000 square foot sun deck that was previously painted with a latex application less that a year ago which we removed by shot blasting. This deck also had control joint pattern that were approximately four foot on center throughout the entire deck. The owners originally thought they might like to have a multi-colored deck randomly placed in four different colors in these four-foot squares.

Later they decided to have a much simpler color scheme of two colors by adding 15” bands in one color and then one other color for fields. They also decided to have the control joints completely filled with silica and epoxy. We filled the joints and then ground them flush with a walk behind diamond grinder prep machine. Then drop chalk lines and re-tool new joints with a crack chaser diamond wheel and right angle grinder to provide new crisp joints in-place of the deteriorated ones over the entire deck.

There was also excessive spalling on this deck that required filling with quarts and epoxy and then ground to make it flush again. Once the preparation was complete, we began installing the quartz system in the color selected by the client. Since a picture paints a thousand words, we will let the photographs speak for themselves. This is a very durable and great looking application. Thank you for you viewing our article! If you need a consultation, please feel free to contact us for all your concrete renovation needs.

 

Article by Daniel L. Yalacki CEO/President

Malibu Pools LLC and Concrete Restoration Systems LLC

Phone: 303-435-3334

 

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Pool and Spa Re-Surfacing and Renovation – Eagle

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Daniel Yalacki, the owner of Malibu Pools and Concrete Restoration Systems LLC, has been rebuilding and renovating pools for 45 years and began when he was as young as 15 years old. The pool and spa featured in this article presented some interesting challenges that called upon all 45 years of experience and then some in order to rebuild this pool and spa.

This pool and spa were painted several times over the last few years with first white epoxy paint and then blue epoxy paint as you can see in the photographs. The trouble here is that when the pool and spa began showing signs of deterioration, staining and roughness, the owners decided to paint the pool and spa to cover up this damage.

The plaster in this pool and spa were already showing signs of failure as the plaster surface was rough, stained and falling apart. To cover up this soft, deteriorated surface with paint would only temporarily hide the damage and perhaps even help sell a distressed property. The issue is that the failing plaster will eventually fall off, taking whatever is attached to it– such as the epoxy – down as well.

To make matters worse, they used metal slag to blast off the layers of paint instead of grinding the paint off. The metal slag hit the paint and ripped it off along with the soft plaster below, leaving the plaster surface chewed up and distorted. This made it a real challenge to level the surface and make it structurally sound while also being smooth. The pool and spa were located at a resort just outside of Vail, Colorado, so we took every tool and patching system we had with us to face the challenge we knew we had ahead of us.

The pool and spa surface was very rough and we cannot patch over spots of paint with mortar, because it will not bond well when submerged in water. So, all of the paint had to go. When the slag hit the surface of a combination of paint and the underlying soft and deteriorated plaster, it caused a lot of damage. We needed to find the best way to get rid of the paint and level the plaster under the paint that was seriously deteriorated and distorted.

We found that a combination of 7” and 4 1/2” diamond cutter cups on a right angle grinder provided an excellent way to remove the paint but also removed the loose and deteriorated plaster below. Once the pool and spa were completely ground down, we basically just re-plastered the pool and spa with a submersible mortar and then sanded the mortar smooth with 40 grit sanding pads on palm sanders.

This worked great and provided the perfect solid and smooth substrate for re-surfacing. We can now install two applications of 100% Solid High Build Epoxy over the prepared surface, with 30 mesh silica sand broadcasted into the step area to prevent slipping, between the first and second applications.

This pool and spa were indoors so even though epoxies can yellow in the sun, placing epoxy on indoor pools and spas is okay! However, on outdoor pools and spas, I would recommend applying a polyurethane application for UV protection.

Below I have provided photographs depicting this process in sequence. This is the way to properly renovate a pool or spa. 

 

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Malibu Pools and Concrete Restoration Systems LLC

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Pool Coping and Spa Renovation

In this article, we are going to look at pool coping stone restoration and renovation ideas from a job we did at the Best Western.

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We will also be looking at ways to repair heavily damaged plaster in pools and spas from chemical abuse. Let’s start with the pool chemical deterioration first. Looking at the photographs below, you can see something that resembles a rash on the plaster’s surface. This pool at the Best Western in Ft. Collins, Colorado was built eight years ago. The person caring for the pool threw chemicals directly into the pool. This caused the plaster to have chemical burn marks all over the pool surface.

About halfway down the pool and into the deep end of the pool, the chlorine tablets thrown directly on the plaster surface caused burned cratered areas all over the pool floor and in general, all of the plaster was soft with cancer-like pockets and veining that were brown and green in appearance.     

The proper way to disburse chemicals into your pool is by way of chemical injection feeders, inline feeders or at least into the skimmers so that the chemicals can be dispersed through the filtering system before entering your pool.

To stabilize the pool plaster, we needed to grind off the soft plaster from the entire surface. To do this we used #16 grit silica carbide grinding discs and right angle grinders to remove the soft plaster from the pool as shown below. We then patched the deep, cratered areas with mortar and then sanded them with palm sanders and #40 grit sanding discs to smooth out and blend the entire surface.

We then applied two applications of 100% solid high build epoxy to finish the surface renovation process. It turned out beautiful and the owner couldn’t be happier.

This was an indoor pool, but if you were renovating an outdoor pool, I would recommend applying a polyurethane coat over the epoxy to protect it from the UV rays of the sun that can amber the epoxy application.

 

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Coping Stone Renovation:

This can be fun! When you are getting a newly renovated pool, you may be looking for some ideas to renovate your coping stones that are discolored or damaged. One of our ideas was to install a quartz decking application that we commonly install in driveways and added grout joints to divide the stones. This can be done in many different colors and really adds a lot to the final finish and look of your new pool restoration!

 

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