quartz pool deck - after

Swimming Pool Deck Renovation









We often illustrate in our articles the more pleasant projects we renovate but today we are going to take on a tough project that has numerous issues. Looking at the before photograph of this pool deck, you can see where there is a deep crack along the left side of the pool. The reason for this crack is that they didn’t place a control joint around the pool to allow for movement. Normally, you would have a coping stone around the perimeter of the pool that separates the pool deck from the coping. Then this joint between the coping and pool deck is caulked to allow for expansion and movement. Which obviously didn’t happen here and therefore, when the deck began to move, it caused the deck to severely crack and that is one of the issues we need to address in the solution for renovating this pool deck.

But the failures didn’t stop here. There were no control joints placed in any of the pool deck causing the entire deck to crack up in random direction which presents a problem with any type of repair because there is no rhyme or reason to the pattern of the cracks. In theory, a control joint is placed in the concrete in hopes that when the concrete moves, any cracking would occur in the control joint. Well with no control joints, the concrete will crack in random directions all over the concrete slab. Lesson, control joints are your friend. This concrete was also poorly finished and even with all of this cracking, was not a desirable look for any pool. So, let’s take on the challenge and make this pool deck beautiful and most importantly functional.

Dealing With The Existing Cracks: While this pool deck is fairly old and has settled about as much as it is going to, the probability of these cracks mirror back through any resuracing application you apply is very likely.  But the cracks are also random throughout the pool deck without rhyme or reason and we will need to incorporate that fact into our proposed solution.

To deal with the cracks, we have chosen to make them a part of the solution. Taking a negative and turn it into a positive. So for the cracked deck along the perimeter of the pool where there should have been coping stones installed separate from the pool deck and then a caulked control joint placed between the coping and the pool deck to allow for movement. Therefore, we used a crack chaser diamond wheel to clean up the existing crack. Then we used the same crack chaser and carved up the coping area into individual stones to look like large coping stones. We then caulked between the pool deck and the newly renovated coping stones.

Random Pool Deck Cracks: As mentioned earlier in this article, we have cracks running in different directions all over the deck and we know that if we don’t deal with these cracks, they will probably mirror back into the resurfacing application we install. The decision was made to open up these existing cracks with a crack chaser and make a random stone pattern all over the deck using these existing cracks as a starting point. Turned out great! After carving the deck up into a stone pattern, we injected epoxy into the cracked joints to make them stronger. Now if there is any movement, it will be in the stone joints and will not be visible.

Resurfacing The Deck: We chose to install a Quartz Aggregate System to finish this deck for its durability, ability to hide imperfections of the existing deck and for its slip-free surface. We ground down the entire pool deck with a walk behind concrete diamond prep machine. Then applied the Quartz application in a color selected by the client and sealed with a high solid tinted polyurethane tinted. We then took the crack chaser again and opened up all of the joints of the stone pattern to make them crisp. We then took an exterior concrete dye and painted all the joints with an artist brush to have a contrasting grout joints around the stones for an awesome, durable and properly functioning pool deck. This is where structural know-how and art come together to provide the ultimate in concrete restorations.


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This article was provided by:

Daniel Yalacki of Concrete Restoration Systems by Malibu Pools


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by Malibu Pools and Decorative Concrete as featured here in our April 2018 publication of Colorado Homes and Lifestyle Magazine in recognition of their 40 years of impeccable contributions within our Colorado Community. 

Established in June of 1978, Daniel Yalacki the Owner, President/CEO of Malibu Pools and Decorative Concrete began this company at the age of 18. He came from a family of nine children and he was the middle child. Having the desire to become an architect, he built pools in the summertime and went to school in the fall after the season was over. He graduated top of his class in 1982.

In 1983, he developed a pool resurfacing system called Fibercoat 2000 that is a fiberglass reinforced porcelain-like application that is still in pools some 35 years later. He was the second contractor in Colorado to provide stamped concrete. The first generation of decorative concrete, by the mid-1980’s by bringing talented stamp concrete installers from San Diego CA. This quickly transformed his company from primarily pools, spas, outdoor kitchens and fire pits, to providing the finest in decorative concrete applications in the state.

Now while his company still provides all of the services listed above, that are available from his vast decades of architectural accomplishments, but now his greatest focus is on restoring concrete and its driveways that has caught his attention.  After being in the concrete industry for nearly 40 years, he has seen about everything you can about concrete. Up until now, when concrete has spalling, which is the flaking off of the concrete surface as zoomed in on the before picture on this driveway, tear out and a replacement was the only option. That is up until now.

One in three driveways has spalling. It is just a fact of our Colorado environment. But Concrete Restorations Systems has solutions! They can turn your ugly deteriorated driveway into a beautiful work of art that your neighbors will be jealous of and for good reason.  This company also has zero complaints in 40 years with the BBB and a Five Star Review, the best in the industry!


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Concrete Dye and Staining With Surfkoat Products

How to Create an Entryway that Pops!

Concrete dye and staining is an art all to its own. On this particular project, which was a stamped concrete entry and walkway, color and a non-slip surface were the clients two main concerns. We will discuss both concerns in this article. To address these two issues we will begin with the color selection process which is always the main consideration of any project.

This client had a very unique color on their doors and trim that they wanted to compliment with the color of their walkway and entryway. So they selected three colors to sample on the walkway, Saddle Brown, Caramel and Chocolate in a Surfkoat Exterior Dye. In the second photograph of the walkway, you can see these three colors in varying color density from lite to dark or full strength to reduced strength in color.

We selected Surfkoat Exterior Dye for this project because it is a solvent based concrete dye that is extremely versatile, highly durable and has extraordinary adhesion and UV resistance properties for consistent longevity in exterior use applications.

Its versatility is primarily found in its ratio flexibility, as you can add as much dye or as little dye as you like to adjust how dark or how lite you want the application to be. Of course, the less dye you have will make the color more translucent and lighter in color. This also permits the original color of the concrete you are applying the dye on to have a greater impact on the final color which can be also be very interesting.

Therefore, we always want to experiment with samples to find the perfect look for our clients project! It starts with determining the ideal product we want to use. In this case, we had existing stamped concrete which we want to enhance, not hide. So we chose to use the Surfkoat dye which has great translucent properties with extremely flexible ratio strength coloring. It is also a concrete dye which makes it pretty much permanent. This was also an exterior application so using a system that has great adhesion, UV resistance and high traffic resistance, made Surfkoat Exterior Dye the perfect choice. And this project turned out great! Quoting the Client’s text after she come home and saw the final project she texted “Looks amazing”.

By the way, they selected Chocolate. It goes perfectly with the doors and trim as you can see from the photographs above! Chocolate, on this particular project, brought out the slight orange and red found in the color on the doors and trim. Another successful project! But like I always say, this is art and as such, taking the time to get the right color combination is essential to any projects success and to have a very happy client!

Now I will briefly discuss the proper application for acquiring a fairly slip-free surface. We have been using Surfkoat Deco Guard for years here at Concrete Restoration Systems LLC because it is the best sealer we have found in our 40 years in business in Denver Colorado. This product is a Siloxane Modified Methyl Methacrylate Acrylic Sealer. We have received consistent product durability and longevity from this application.

The Siloxane additive provides huge salt and moisture resistance and the methyl methacrylate is highly UV resistant and is fairly slip free as our customers commonly rave about. Truly the best sealer on the market today! And you won’t be disappointed in the price either! We highly recommend and invariably apply this application to all of our projects. When you want to please your clients use the best use SurfKoat!


Article was written by:

Daniel L. Yalacki

CEO/President of Concrete Restoration Systems

by Malibu Pools LLC


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Swimming Pool after

Swimming Pool and Spa Restoration and Paver Installation

Brick pavers are very popular these days. They are very versatile and beautiful. They also can’t crack like concrete, as they move with the ground, which is great for Colorado. Most people are surprised to find out how durable these pavers are. A typical driveway has a PSI strength of about 3,500 P.S.I. But these stones are about 14,000 P.S.I. and move with the ever-changing soil conditions we experience here in Colorado.

They are available in many sizes, shapes and colors to complement any project you may have! Along with providing awesome and exclusive concrete restoration systems and paver application, here at Concrete Restoration Systems by Malibu Pools, we have been the industry leader in the building and renovation of swimming and spas since 1978. In fact, we are the second oldest swimming pool company in the Denver area. A swimming pool company that also offers all backyard amenities such as outdoor kitchens, fire pits, water features, paver installation along with providing our full in-house architectural services, to achieve that perfect backyard environment you have been dreaming of having!

On this site, we spend a fair amount of time discussing the many alternative systems for concrete restoration. However, we have so much more than that to offer. In this article, we will explore the options and creative renovation techniques we use to restore swimming pools and spas. Okay, I know what your thinking, this is a really, really, really blue pool and spa. But that is what the client wanted and the client always gets what they want.

Okay, let’s start with the spa. This spa was tiled in one-inch tiles and the client hated the tiles and wanted a Royal Blue pool and spa. So, we removed the tiles and installed glass tiles around the perimeter of the pool and spa. To accent the steps and sitting ledges, we placed in laid tiles. We then install a 100% solids epoxy to the pool and spa in a Royal Blue color. We then applied a polyurethane finish over the epoxy to protect against UV rays that are harsh on epoxies to achieve a beautiful long lasting pool finish.

Using our experience in concrete restorations, we decided to remove the existing paint from the coping of the spa and using a right angle grinder and a crack chaser wheel to cut the coping up into individual stones as shown. We then applied our Quartz System over the stones in a charcoal color to match the coping around the pool. We then took real stone and created a spillover from the spa into the pool. To finish this, we took real stone again to finish the face of the spillover which is essentially a waterfall or water feature which we also do here at Concrete Restorations. To make the entire project complete, we applied Dolphin Gray Stucco to coordinate with all of the others grays, to the outside perimeter of the spa. The client told me the other day that he and his wife have decided to paint their house in the same colors
because they are so pleased with what we did with their pool area!

When it comes to backyard resort style living, there is not much we can’t do! This is our 40th year serving the Denver Area with high quality and inspirational solutions to your home improvement needs! For your next project, we invite you to take advantage of our free consultation services and let’s create something GREAT!


Article written by Daniel Yalacki CEO and President of:
Concrete Restoration Systems by Malibu Pools LLC

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Cracking and Settling Walkways and Entryways - Finished

What To Do With Cracking and Settling Walkways and Entryways

Here at Concrete Restorations, we always say no two projects are the same. Each project presents its own unique issues and characteristics, that we build on even if its negatives. What I mean by that is, you are going to have to often deal with negatives such as cracks and settling along with other potential structural issues.

Looking at this walkway and entryway, we have several issues going on here. First, we have spalling, which is where the surface or the finish of the concrete is flaking off in small but, substantial chips. This spalling is about the size of a dime and appears to be like a concrete rash.

This is somewhat uncommon for walkways because two things cause spalling which are, overworking the concrete in large pours, which walkways typically are not large pours or freezing which is most likely here. When concrete is being finished, the water in the concrete comes to the surface allowing the finisher to trowel the concrete to finish.

This moisture rises to the surface and is sitting on top of the concrete and if cold enough can freeze causing the concrete to be compromised structurally and eventually pop off in a phenomenon called spalling. The second issues here is cracking. The first photograph looking down the steps displays settling cracks on the second, third, and fourth steps as shown in the first photograph above.

There was also settling where the steps pulled away, where the tread and riser come together, and had to be re-bared and re-poured in the third photograph above between the porch and the walkway.  So there are some interesting issues on this project to find solution to and avoid what would typically be total replacement. However, if you are going to call your company Concrete Restoration System, you had better have solutions.

So the unique issues of this particular project are spalling, cracks and settling. So how do we deal with all the issues presented? To deal with the separation of the step, we demo sawed out a four-inch space where the step riser separated from the tread and drilled and set re-bar dowels to prevent future settling and poured new concrete. We then filled the spalling surface with epoxy as shown in photograph one.

We then took a right angle grinder and a crack chasing diamond wheel with a “V” shape blade to open up the cracks and filled them with epoxy and silica sand. We then re-opened those existing epoxied cracks again with the right angle grinder and crack chaser and began to carve a flagstone pattern into the entire step creating a unique flagstone look.

We also placed what are now joints into the risers of the step to create a look of placed cap stone as shown on the risers in the photograph above of the finished product.

To give these now created stones a natural stone like look, we installed our quartz epoxy system to obtain a grainy stone finish in a color selected by our client. The same process was used for the entryway or porch to achieve a one of a kind project that the client is absolutely thrilled with as illustrated above in our before and after photographs.

When we say no two projects are alike, we mean just that! After forty years in business here in the Denver area, we have proven ourselves to be uniquely creative taking each project and making it special for each and every client. Its just simply important!

If you want to find out more about our unique company or just want to talk with an expert about your special project, we encourage you to call the owner Daniel Yalacki at 303-435-3334 for a free consultation. We will make it fun and uniquely yours. Thank you for visiting our site and we look forward to serving you on your unique project!


This article was written by:

Daniel Yalacki Architect/Consultant/President

Concrete Restoration Systems LLC


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new resurfaced driveway quartz system

Spalling and Deteriorated Concrete Driveway Resurfacing With Quartz System

How to save your worn driveway without replacing it


In Colorado, a spalling driveway is all too common. In fact, one out of every three driveways in Colorado has spalling or deteriorated concrete. Spalling is the flaking off of the concrete surface as shown in the photographs above. But a replacement is not always necessary.

Here at Concrete Restorations, we have developed several resurfacing systems to repair this type of damage without tear out and replacement. Beautiful decorative applications that are stronger and more durable than your existing concrete driveway. Here we shall discuss our exclusive quartz driveway system that is perfect for repairing and resurfacing your driveway along with walkways, entryway, and even patios.

This particular driveway was a real challenge due to the extent of spalling or deterioration damaged that had occurred over time. But no worries, we enjoy the challenge. On this project, the control joints, which are the tooled joints that divide the concrete into sections, were in pretty bad shape as well. Control joints are there in hopes that should the concrete crack, it will be in that joint and not across the concrete slab.

To restore this driveway, we must remove any concrete that is loose or deteriorated by whip gears and high-pressure water blasting. This process of blasting is illustrated in our video tab showing the flaking concrete flying off the concrete surface. Then we apply a self-leveling mortar over all of the spalling areas. Once repaired, we use a walk behind diamond concrete grinder to remove all excess mortar from the driveway to make it smooth.

We shall then fill the control joints with a high strength repair mortar. Then take a right angle grinder with a diamond crack chaser wheel in a “V” shaped blade and a long piece of siding as a guide, to put crisp new control joints throughout the slab. Now we have an excellent pallet to work on for our Quartz System.

Quartz is the fourth hardest mineral known to man below diamonds and is an excellent high traffic material. We combine the strength of quartz with high solid epoxies to create the most comprehensive driveway resurfacing system available in the marketplace today. We have an endless selection of colors about 3200 colors and a system that is sure to meet the most stringent requirements.

Combining beauty and durability is assured in this high-end application. If you would like to learn more and find out about the multiple alternative systems that are available then feel free to contact Dan Yalacki at Concrete Restoration Systems at 303-435-3334. We provide free consultation and would love to show you what all is available to you!


Article Posted January 10, 2018 by:

Daniel Yalacki President/Consultant

Concrete Restoration Systems


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quartz pool deck - after

Quartz Pool Deck Resurfacing


Quartz is all the rage these days! Quartz is the fourth hardest mineral known to man below diamonds. This durable material is being used on countertops, driveways, entryways, walkways and pool decks! It is available in unlimited colors and has enormous re-surfacing application possibilities.

To illustrate the versatility of the application, I have provided a seriously deteriorated and cracked pool deck above that normally would need to be torn out and replaced. The pool deck has huge cracks where the coping or the perimeter band around the pool, has separated from the pool deck as illustrated in the first photo. Here, we will take the negatives of this project (the cracks)to make them functional positives as I will explain. We will use the cracks and incorporate them into our application.

To accomplish this, we shall fill the existing cracks with an epoxy/sand mix and fill the cracks up. We would then grind down the concrete and epoxy/sand patch to make it smooth with a diamond walk behind concrete preparation machine. We would then use a crack chaser which is a “v” shaped diamond wheel attached to a right angle grinder to create a new joint around the pool and cut them into large perimeter stones.

In this application, we chose to then carve up the entire pool deck into a flagstone pattern using the diamond crack chaser to create the pattern. Which turns the negatives into a positive as any future movement or cracking that would occur inside the new joints now created, which cannot be seen.

Then we applied the Quartz System over the entire deck in a color selected by the client. Once the Quartz application is installed, we went back in and opened up all of the joints again with the crack chaser to provide a chrisp new grout joints around each of the flagstones we have created.

Using art and technology allows us to provide uniqueness to every projects we install. If you would like to see what we can create for you, please use our free consulting services at Concrete Restoration Systems LLC. If you can imagine it, we can build it!


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Micro-Topping - Finished 2

Micro-topping Resurfacing Systems

In recent articles published by Concrete Restoration Systems, we have provided alternatives to replacing deteriorated, spalling and discolored concrete. In this article, we shall be exploring the benefits of installing a Micro-topping System to this driveway.

In the before photograph above, we have a driveway that is extremely deteriorated and discolored. The control joints were ragged and cracked through and the surface was pitted and soft.

This homeowner was concerned that he would lose money and potentially a sale upon listing his house on the market. Let’s face it, the driveway is the first thing a home buyer will see upon arriving at this home and having a good first impression was important to him.

He also said that he wasn’t selling the home just yet and felt that his driveway was also the first thing everyone else saw when visiting his home. He thought it would be better to have his driveway repaired now where he could enjoy it and not have the condition of the driveway be a negative upon selling.

Cost was a factor here as well. He decided that installing Micro-topping was the best approach for its durability, color selection and its textured slip-free surface. He also felt that the metal reinforced micro-topping {Duracrete 2000} would be a selling factor for his home later on.

This driveway was ground down with a walk behind diamond concrete prep machine that removed all the loose and deteriorated concrete from the driveway. The control joints were filled with repair mortar and then groomed back out with a four-inch grinder and a V-shaped diamond crack chaser wheel to provide crisp new control joints. It was then resurfaced with the Duracrete 2000 metal reinforced micro-topping in a textured finish.

This is a beautiful, durable spectacular looking finish that Mr. P can enjoy for as long as he lives in this home and will greatly benefit from upon the sale of his home down the road. The color chart above provides a large range of color to choose from and the samples in the background provide a look at the Duracrete 2000 Micro-topping System in a textured finish. There are many finishes also available to choose from to get that perfect and unique look for your project.


Just another option to replacing your deteriorated or plain old gray concrete!


Article written by:

Daniel Yalacki


Concrete Restoration Systems LLC


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home backyard decorative Patio 1 - After 3

Strip, Stain and Seal Concrete Restoration

The whole look of your concrete, any concrete, can be enhanced by staining. Staining concrete adds warmth, character and a feel that can make the area come alive. Whether you have a driveway, patio, basement floor or entryway, staining is an inexpensive way to make your concrete dazzle.

The beauty of staining begins with the character and flaws of your existing concrete. When the concrete was installed, certain characteristics were also installed that make that concrete stain differently than any other concrete slab. The mottling you will get is greatly determined by these characteristics or flaws.

Even cracks can be turned from negatives to positives. Depending on the type of stain you use, say acid stain, will turn the cracks dark, sometimes even black, which makes the concrete look rustic. Which is very popular in Colorado. Often, when we have a cracked patio or walkway that has cracks, we will run a crack chaser, which is a diamond cutting wheel on a grinder, and carve the slab up in a flagstone pattern. Which is really cool!

Concrete Restoration is art and as such, the possibilities are endless! No two projects are the same. Each project will take you in a unique direction every time. Listening to the client to get a feel for what they like and don’t like is very important and will take you to ideas and imagination that just seem to come together.

My Degree is in Architecture and of course much of what you look for is a style whether the home say is rustic or modern will obviously take you in a direction. But its the uniqueness of that project, that you are searching for to have the most awesome outcome and something unexpected. Which means exploring ideas and sometimes reading minds. I often just sit down, taking the area in, while listening to the customer talk about what they want and great things begin to happen.

That is truly the fun part, finding something that is uniquely special to their project that they had never thought of and this process often brings this out or, they just know what they want and that’s that….

Consider using staining as an option for obtaining Decorative Concrete. There are plenty of types of stains out there to achieve any kind of look you can imagine. The beauty of having your staining done professionally is that you will have someone that knows what they are doing, has the proper equipment and will have knowledge of  the many applications available in this industry to achieve the most awesome outcome for your project!


“Highly recommend Concrete Restoration Systems of Denver for concrete work. I could not believe the difference it made! Dan was the most persistent man I have met. He did not stop until all the old grey paint was removed. Long work days but completed in just one weekend. No more slipping when it is wet. Thank you, Dan!”
~ Steve – Aurora, Colorado


Article written by:

Daniel Yalacki

Concrete Restoration Systems.com


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Decorative backyard concrete Patio - After 2

Decorative Concrete Staining and Sealing

Nothing adds value like staining and sealing your stamped concrete.  Illustrated above is a stamp concrete patio that is faded and not an attractive color. The client said they rarely went out on the patio because it was ugly and notably an undesirable place to retreat. Upon restoring this patio, the wife said we are buying all new patio furniture and make up for the lost years out here.

This patio, was pretty blasé, the wrong color and had very shallow or nonexistent joint that provide the flagstone pattern. So we stripped the existing sealer off with a stripping agent. We then used a four-inch right angle grinder and a diamond crack chaser tool to bring out the superficial and faint joints that made up the flagstone pattern. We then applied an Exterior Concrete Dye in Walnut to bring out a warm earthy look of Colorado and sealed with a High-End Acrylic Sealer with UV Inhibitors for longevity.

The difference is amazing and this patio is now a truly inviting place to entertain! Here at Concrete Restoration System, we find that every project has its own uniqueness and character that we build on! That is why we can say that no two projects we do are the same.


We invite you to call us for a free consultation for ideas for all you concrete renovation needs. Stay tuned for other Decorative Concrete Solutions!


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Authored by:

Daniel L. Yalacki

CEO/President of Concrete Restoration Systems