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Concrete Restoration Systems
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 was the middle child in a family of nine children. 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’s 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. He was the first generation of decorative concrete, and by the mid-1980’s he brought 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.

While his company still provides all of the services listed above, his greatest focus is on restoring concrete and driveways that have caught his attention. After being in the concrete industry for over 40 years, he has seen just about everything you can with concrete. Up until now, when concrete has spalling, which is the flaking off of the concrete surface as shown in the “before” picture on this driveway, tear out and a replacement was the only option. 

One in three driveways have spalling in Colorado, however, Concrete Restorations Systems has the 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 had no complaints with the BBB and a five star review – the best in the industry!

If you would like us to help you with your project, please click here to schedule a free consultation for creative concrete solutions.

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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 or replacement. We offer 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. Luckily, we enjoy a challenge. On this project, the control joints, which are the tooled joints that divide the concrete into sections, were in pretty bad shape. Control joints are there in hopes that if the concrete cracks, it will be just 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 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 a wide selection of 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 a free consultation and would love to show you what all is available to you!

 

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Daniel Yalacki President/Consultant

Concrete Restoration Systems

If you would like us to help you with your project, please click here to schedule a free consultation for creative concrete solutions. If you can Imagine it, we can Create it!

 

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Micro-topping Resurfacing Systems

The benefits of installing a Micro-topping System to a driveway

 

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” photo 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 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 drawback upon selling.

The 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 point 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.

 

This article was written by Daniel Yalacki

 Concrete Restoration Systems LLC

If you would like us to help you with your project, please click here to schedule a free consultation for creative concrete solutions. If you can Imagine it, we can Create it!

 

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The Art of Concrete Restoration

How Decorative Concrete Can Increase the Curb Appeal of Your Home

The Art of Concrete Restoration often begins with considering the drawbacks of the failing concrete in order to provide a renovation solution. In the pictures above, the same patio is shown before and after our services. We were challenged with a large 40′ x 40′ patio that was severely cracked because no control joints were installed.

To those that do not know what control joints are, they’re found in the cracks between slabs and are spaced about every 4 feet. They are there in the hopes that as the concrete moves with settling or expansion, any crack that should develop will occur in these control joints since they are the weakest point in the slab.

Much like folding a piece of paper in half and creating a firm crease down the middle. Then take the paper from each side of the crease and tear it in half. Usually, the paper will tear right along the crease you placed down the middle of the paper. This is the same with concrete.

In larger concrete slabs such as driveways and patios, the control joints are placed at a maximum of 10-foot spacing. This patio had no control joints whatsoever and was a maze of cracks in every direction crisscrossing and settling everywhere. For added fun, this patio was also painted yellow.

As discussed above, we look at the issues in the concrete to provide a solution. Our solution was to make the existing cracks into control joints that can continue to move in the future. These cracks are control joints the concrete has made for itself and will use in the future upon any further movement in the slab.

Here we used a 4” right angle grinder and a diamond “V” shaped crack chaser tool and carved joints into the existing cracks and then all over the slab to disguise the crack pattern. The existing cracks were filled with crack repair Epoxy to hide them. The paint on the patio was removed with a diamond cutting concrete prep machine and the patio was stained with an antiquing for a warm stone appearance. Then, we stained all of the control joints with a midnight black exterior dye and sealed the patio with a high-end Siloxane Modified Methyl Methacrylate sealer. This is now a beautiful, stunning decorative patio that costs less than tear out and replacing with plain gray concrete.

As I always say, we have never had the same two projects in over 40 years in the business. Each project has its own unique solution and appearance. As an Architect, I use my decades of experience to create a perfect solution for your concrete restoration needs.

The Art of Concrete Restoration combines superior structural intervention with creative and innovative ideas and artistry to produce not just structurally sound concrete, but beautiful functioning works of art.

I invite you to use our free consulting services to explore the unlimited and creative solutions we can offer you!

 

If you would like us to help you with your project, please click here to schedule a free consultation for creative concrete solutions. If you can Imagine it, we can Create it!

 

Offering:

  • Micro-Toppings
  • Stained Concrete
  • Decorative Concrete
  • Epoxy Quartz Systems
  • Grind, Acid Stain and Seal
  • Interior Concrete Restorations
  • Exterior Concrete Restorations
  • Commercial and Residential

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Resurfacing Concrete – Best Alternatives

Why Concrete is Better Resurfaced vs Replaced

 

It has been said in Colorado that concrete driveways are built to last a lifetime, but there are certain seasonal conditions out of homeowners’ reach that may shorten its lifespan. Two commonly known concrete repairing techniques are concrete resurfacing and concrete engraving.

If the driveway is cracking, splitting or damaged in a different area, the best solution is to get it resurfaced through Concrete Restoration Systems, a Colorado-based concrete restoration company with over 40 years of experience. Resurfacing it will give it a thin layer on top making blemishes underneath invisible. Additionally, it will upgrade the look and appeal of your driveway. Because there are so many colors and patterns to choose from, it really is endless what any homeowner can do to their own driveway to make it more attractive. The easiest way to repair any driveway that has cracks and splits will be to cover it with a thin layer of liquid concrete that will cover all noticeable fractures. By doing it this way, the driveway will have a chance to bond the old concrete with the new concrete. Once the concrete is set and finished, the homeowner can also choose to place a quick layer of polish on it to create an attractive look to it making it decorative. There is an endless amount of finishes you can top off the concrete with.

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Concrete engraving is a very creative way to resurface any driveway. What engraving allows is for any homeowner to add specific features to their driveway giving it a sharp look. What is even better about resurfacing by engraving is that any cracked or split concrete may actually help in the construction depending on the decoration desired. There are several different engravings that can be designed into the concrete. It all depends on what the homeowner chooses to do and the cost of engraving.

Another concrete repair method is called slab jacking. If there is an area in the concrete where it’s sinking due to erosion underneath it, this process allows the slab of concrete to be lifted and new soil and sediment to be placed underneath. This allows the concrete that was sinking to level the back up with the rest of the driveway. This method can save additional money as the homeowners just need to replace one spot instead of resurfacing the entire driveway.

If any homeowner wants to remove their acid stain on their concrete, Concrete Restoration Systems is the place to call. This company alone has a special diamond edge cutting machine that will literally scrape the stain off. Not only are these machines made in Canada but also there are only 75 In the whole United States.

Give Concrete Restoration Systems a call today and see what they can do for you to transform your concrete driveway or concrete floors into brand new flooring with beautiful coloring. CRS has over 40+ years in the concrete staining industry and has satisfied many of their customers. When it comes down to the job, no one can beat their professionalism or quality.

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Acid Stained Basement Floors – Basement Floor Alternatives

The Best Basement Floor Alternative that Lasts and Increases Home’s Values

 

Stained basement floors are all the rage in recent years to Coloradans. For nearly a decade, traditional carpeting was the typical choice for flooring in a basement. However, with the flooding and introduction of stained basement floors and advancements in technology, it has really caught on to consumer’s attention due to their low maintenance and substantial, bold appearance. Turning a typical basement floor plan into a conversational piece, these high-end stained floors are easily maintainable and require very little cleanup, and even repair work, as they are impervious to water or water damage. Additionally, they create an industrial look to the room and inspire creativity. They clean up with a mop and never need replacing or steam cleaning!

polished-concrete-slabsEach floor has its own uniqueness and appearance as the stain reacts differently to each concrete surface. In acid stained floors, the acid reacts directly with the available lime in the surface of the concrete and even the finishing flaws and imperfections to create an unimaginable result that is extremely unique and beautiful! The acid stains are available in an array of colors to provide the perfect finish to your home or business.

Depending on your choice of color for a stained floor, there is a wide array of colors that are not only vivid and audacious but also create a welcoming vibe in the room. Because of the influence, the floor stain has on any room, it is sure to glow iridescently to just about any shade of light. What is great about the design of stained floors and the lighting of the room is that it can give the floor a rippled effect, almost like an illusion creating curiosity and imagination.

Here at Concrete Restorations, we highly recommend installing a stained basement floor for value, ease of maintenance, care and resale in the future. You will be very surprised at how substantial these floors look and feel. Stained basement floors are all the rage these days, just as granite countertops became the gold standard just a few years ago. Folks are viewing carpet as a negative and liability when considering the purchase of a home and the maintenance involved. Carpet can be a burden to some home flooring due to possible mold growth from liquid spills. The beauty of concrete stained floors is that spills and dirt can be cleaned up in the sweep of a broom and best of all, the stain is unbreakable to wear away from any spill.

There are so many finishes to consider with the recent advancements in stained basement flooring that are now available to you, the sophisticated and product conscious consumer. Check back with us from time to time as we shall discuss the various new colors created and most advanced flooring and concrete restoration systems available in the market today! In upcoming publications, we will be discussing alternative stained basement flooring systems now available in granite, marble and leather-look finishes that will really jazz thing up! basement-floor

You are welcome to call us for more information or a personal consultation to discuss specifically the variety of floors and finishes available to you of your own choosing! We can also help you with the design and architectural finishing of your basement or man cave with our in-house architectural designer that has over thirty years’ experience in this industry.

For more information as to how we can get you a free estimate please contact us here

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Stained Basement Floors

Creating Amazing Decorative Concrete Floors that Last

 

Stained basement floors are all the rage in recent years to Coloradans! For years, traditional carpeting was the typical choice for flooring in a basement. However, with the flooding and introduction of stained basement floors has really caught on with consumers due to their low maintenance and substantial appearance. Turning a typical basement floor into a conversation piece. These high-end stained floors are easily maintainable and require very little up keep as they are impervious to water or water damage. They clean up with a mop and never need replacing or steam cleaning!

Each floor has its own uniqueness, as the stain reacts differently to each concrete surface. In acid stained floors, the acid reacts directly with the available lime in the surface of the concrete and even the finishing flaws and imperfections to create a result that is extremely unique and beautiful! The acid stains are available in an array of colors to provide the perfect addition and finish to your home or business.

basementHere at Concrete Restorations, we highly recommend installing a stained basement floor for value, ease of maintenance and resale in the future. You will be surprised at how substantial these floors look and feel. Stained basement floors are all the rage these days just as granite countertops became the gold standard just a few years ago. Folks are viewing carpet as a liability when considering the purchase of a home and the maintenance involved.

There are so many finishes to consider with the recent advancements in stained basement flooring that are now available to you, the sophisticated and product conscious consumer. Check back with us from time to time as we shall discuss the various and most advanced flooring and concrete restoration systems available in the market today! In upcoming publications, we will be discussing alternative stained basement flooring systems now available in granite, marble and leather-look finishes that will really jazz thing up!

You are welcome to call us for more information or a personal consultation to discuss specifically the variety of floors and finishes available to you! We can also help you with the design and architectural finishing of your basement or man cave with our in-house architectural designer that has over thirty years of experience in this industry.

Hope this news release was helpful to you and again, please check back in with us from time to time for more home improvement ideas and solutions.

 

Dan Yalacki

Concrete Restoration Systems

Contact Us Here to Inquire about a Stained Basement Floor or More!

    

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A Decorative Concrete Floor- Long Lasting, Beautiful Floors

Interior and Commerical Floors that are Stunning

 

Naturally, the perfect home features beautiful floors. At Concrete Restoration Systems, we are certain that we can create a decorative concrete floor for any room in your home that will be both beautiful and long-lasting.

Benefits of a Concrete Floor

The first thing people want to know about considering a concrete floor is whether or not they are a good idea. There are numerous benefits to choosing concrete for your floors. First, it requires minimal upkeep. Concrete is easy to keep clean and usually does not show damage for several years. You only need to mop it once a week. Second, it is cheap. The cost of concrete floors is very low, about $2 to $6 per square foot to polish a plain gray slab, giving it a lustrous sheen. Finally, it lasts a long time. A polished and maintained concrete floor can last years and years with little day-to-day care.

Choosing Your Perfect Concrete Floor

Concrete is an extremely versatile material. You can choose a range of colors and stains to make it uniquely your own. Dyes and paints can also lead to more vibrant and exciting shades.

So, whether it is your kitchen floor, your living room, or somewhere else in your home, consider a concrete floor by Malibu Pools today as you make your home yours.

Call us today for a quote. We’re excited to work with you!

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