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Denver’s Best Custom Pools

What makes the best custom pools and spa contractor and builder?

There are four main points to consider when working with a pool contractor, especially here in Denver, Colorado where the seasons play a huge factor in the maintenance and longevity of your custom pool project.  With the heating and shrinking of the ground, with the weather, there are many mistakes inexperienced contractors miss that can cost you thousands of dollars over the life of your pools.

As Denver’s premier custom pool builder, we have perfected our own proprietary process and products that enable us to provide the home owner’s in the Front Range or even Colorado’s mountains the best custom pool solutions that will last through winter and summer!

If you’re looking at what pool contractor to use here are four considerations that you should be looking for in them.

1. Start with a Plan and Architectural Drawings of the Pool and Spa

Are your pool designers architects or are they foreman? Certified and experienced teams will be able to show you the blueprints of other pool designs that will be able to fit

 

2. The Right Pool Building Materials for Colorado’s weather

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3. Pool Installation and Expertise

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4.  Propper Pool Setup and Long-Term Pans

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Pool and Spa Re-Surfacing and Renovation – Eagle

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In Renovation Process of Pool
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Daniel Yalacki, the owner of Malibu Pools and Concrete Restoration Systems LLC, has been rebuilding and renovating pools since he was 15 years old or for 45 years now. The pool and spa featured in this article presented some interesting challenges that called on all 45 years of experience and then some, 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 by 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.

Well, the plaster in this pool and spa were already showing signs of failing as the plaster surface was rough, stained and falling apart. To just cover up this soft and deteriorated surface with paint would temporarily hide the damage, perhaps to sell a distressed property, but eventually, the failing plaster will fall off taking whatever is attached to it to come off as well. (The Epoxy)

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 rips it off along with the soft plaster below leaving the plaster surface chewed up and distorted. Making this a real challenge to level the surface and to make it structurally sound but also smooth. This 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 obviously had ahead of us.

Now the pool and spa surface was very rough and we cannot patch over even spots of paint with mortar, because it will not bond for long submerged in water. So all of the paint must go. When the slag hit the surface of a combination of paint and the underlying soft and deteriorated plaster, it really chewed it up. So 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. For more information of this type of renovation project please visit our websites at Malibupoolscolorado.com or ConcreteRestorationSystems.com.

 

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Malibu Pools and Concrete Restoration Systems LLC           

Custom Commercial Pool and Restoration
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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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Best Western - Pool Before
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We are also 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 like a rash on the plaster 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. Which 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 like cancer 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 disbursed through the filtering system before entering your pool.

To stabilize the pool plaster, we needed to grind off this soft plaster from the entire surface. So we used #16 grit silica carbide grinding disc 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 sanded them with palm sanders and #40 grit sanding disc 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 again 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 get 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. So here is one idea… We installed 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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