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Plum Creek Pool Deck Resurfacing

 

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 A Long-term Solution to Restoring a Pool Deck


What were they thinking? I have been in the pool industry and decorative concrete business for over 40 years now and I can’t say I have seen this before. This apartment complex in Castle Rock had a pool deck that the previous contractor had splattered dark gray mortar all over this pool deck to cover the deterioration. Kinda like stucco finish but not in a complimentary color. Just splats of dark gray. They didn’t attempt to stain it or color the mortar to make it look even and not patched. The owners contacted us to see if we could help improve the appearance. I met with the Project Manager and we decided on a plan to dye the existing concrete in an Exterior Concrete Dye to even it out in the color Buff which would complement the Club House colors.

Then, seal with a high-end siloxane modified sealer for exterior use. The results speak for themselves. It is always best to consult with a contractor that is qualified to not only do the work but to have solutions that are based in due diligence. What that means, is consulting with a contractor that in our case has a degree and background in Architecture to see the whole project to the end with a final desired result.

Not just slapping mortar down to cover up another problem and consequently creating a new one. Simply, we provide free consultations and can save you from doing a project twice. Not to mention, making your improvement really compliment your property the first time. Call for your free consultation today and let’s get it right the first time!

 

 

 

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Swimming Pool Deck Renovation

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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 a 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. The 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 resurfacing 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 we applied the Quartz Epoxy System which we show above a sample of the Quartz System along with a color fan of the 3200 colors available to choose from for the final coat of tined polyurethane sealer. 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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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 and Spa Restoration and Paver Installation

What you need to Know from the Best Pool Resurfacing Contractors in Colorado

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

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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Long Lasting Quartz Pool Deck Resurfacing

The benefits of a sustainable pool deck material

 

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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Strip, Stain and Seal Concrete Restoration

Weatherproofing your Driveway to Make it Last Longer

 

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 Concrete Staining and Sealing

Making an Attractive Patio out of your existing Concrete

 

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!

 

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!

 

Authored by:

Daniel L. Yalacki

CEO/President of Concrete Restoration Systems

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Quartz Resurfacing Systems

The best solution to wearing and old driveways

 

Deteriorating driveways are a big problem here in Colorado. Particularly spalling issues, where the concrete surface appears to be flaking off. We have posted several articles about what causes this phenomenon in recent months but this article is intended to provide solutions.

In the photographs above and the video below, you can see where the surface of the concrete is spalling leaving random circular spall’s of the flaking concrete in the concrete surface. One out of every three driveways here in Colorado have spalling. Until now, the only solution available was tearing out and replacement.

Concrete Restoration Systems has developed several exclusive alternatives for fixing this problem that are beautiful and extremely durable. In this article, we will be looking at the benefits of  Quartz Resurfacing Systems.

Quartz is the fourth hardest mineral known to man behind diamonds! This is truly the most durable system you can install over your driveway or over your patio, walkway or entryway.  Any concrete surface is perfect for this quartz epoxy system!

It is also beautiful and available in over 3,200 colors to customize any project you have in mind. To avoid the hassle and mess of tear out and replacement, have a better, stronger and substantially more beautiful decorative concrete finish than plain gray concrete. We recommend you look into all the many benefits that a Quartz Resurfacing System offers and immediately increases the value of your home or business.

 

Article write by Daniel L.Yalacki

Concrete Restoration Systems

Contact us at 303-435-3334 for a free consultation.

 

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Cracked Concrete Renovation Ideas

One of the most common questions we are asked is can cracked concrete be repaired. The industry answer is yes with disclaimers. Typically, concrete is about 4 inches thick and often is steel reinforced. If 4 inches of steel reinforced concrete can crack, there is a pretty good chance that anything you place on top of it will crack as well which is called mirroring. The crack just comes back as the underlying crack continues to move.

Using epoxy injections to weld the two slabs back together is fairly successful but you can still see the epoxy repair. Contractors will often cover the repairs using Micro-toppings a polymer, sand and cement application applied in the desired color. Micro-toppings are extremely versatile to include a stone and texture finish in an endless array of colors and stains.

There is also Quartz/Epoxy Systems that are far more durable made from the 4th hardest mineral below diamonds. Quartz Epoxy and injections are made with an epoxy base combining epoxy ejection and Quartz/epoxy finish makes for a pretty indestructible surface.

Another popular re-surfacing system is Grind, Stain and Seal. These are exceptionally beautiful applications that use the characteristics of your existing concrete along with the natural mottling of the stains to make one unique and beautiful work of art. This application does not require a topical application other than the stain and sealer. Most clients like its look even if there are cracks showing. It just looks a little more rustic and in Colorado, that is usually a good thing!

But hold on, didn’t you say that with epoxy injection, the cracks could mirror back thru the re-surfacing application? There is always that possibility yes but not always. Well, then what can I do? To properly answer that question, we need to review why the crack could potentially come back which requires a little more knowledge about concrete itself.

Beyond the concrete’s psi, which is how many sacks of cement is in each yard of concrete, what type of steel was used of mesh or re-bar and what size the aggregate that was used to make the concrete are all important factors but the most important deterrent to avoiding cracks is the control joints. You might ask what are control joints?

As a kid, you may remember skipping down the sidewalk and jumping over the cracks to avoid breaking your Mother’s back. These cracks are control joints. In a walkway, they are spaced about every 4 feet. In a large concrete area such as patios and driveways, they have a maximum spacing of 10 feet. If you have a greater than 10′ x 10′ slab or no control joints at all, you will get cracks.

So injecting them with epoxy will help to weld the slabs back together but if you don’t have control joints these cracks will invariably mirror back into the slab. So once you inject the epoxy, it is best to whenever possible to create control joints near the repair or even better in the repair. This is accomplished by using a small right angle grinder and a diamond crack chasing blade. It is a “V” shaped blade that creates joints that look like the joints on your driveways and walkways if you go deep enough with them.

Here at Concrete Restoration Systems LLC, we use the negatives of a concrete slab to our advantage. Take below this residential patio that was about 30 feet wide by 30 feet wide and had no control joints at all. If you look closely you can see cracks running in every direction. So we used a right angle grinder and a diamond crack chaser and started with the existing cracks opening them up to create a joint. We then craved a flagstone pattern off those main cracks creating a unique stone pattern.

We then injected the epoxy into the crack joints to weld the slabs back together. You could use any of the application described above but for this patio we chose grind, stain and seal application in the smokey beige stain. We then stained all of the joints with a midnight black exterior concrete dye and  WOW what a difference! You can’t even tell where the original cracks were. If there is any future movement, it will be in those control joints and unnoticeable.

“It’s not just concrete renovation, it is art!”

 

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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 negatives of the failing concrete in providing a renovation solution! The patio shown above, believe it or not, is the before and after photographs of the same patio. In this illustration of concrete restoration, 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, may remember skipping down a sidewalk as a kid jumping over the cracks to avoid breaking your mother’s back. Those cracks are control joint and are spaced about every 4 feet in every sidewalk across America and the world. They are there in hopes that as the concrete moves with settling or expansion that 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. Chances are but not always, the paper will tear right along the crease you placed down the middle of the paper. Much is the same with concrete when the concrete moves any developing cracks will likely be in the control joint as the weakest point.

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 with yellow paint.

So as discussed above, we look at the negatives to provide a solution. And the negatives are a severely cracked and painted patio. In exploring a suitable solution, we are going to have to make the existing cracks into control joints that can continue to move in the future. These cracks are self-made 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 the crack. 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 joint with a midnight black exterior dye and sealed the patio with a high-end Siloxane Modified Methyl Mathacrylate sealer. This is now a beautiful stunning decorative patio that cost less to have us renovate than to tear out and replace with plain gray concrete.

I always say, we have never had two projects that are the same in nearly 40 in the business of serving Colorado. Each project has its own unique situations and specific look that is personal to that project. We just need to find it. As an Architect, I use my decades of experience to create that perfect solution to your concrete restoration needs that are beautiful and exciting.

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