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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 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!

 

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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What To Do With Cracking and Settling Walkways and Entryways

How to Save your Diveway or Walkway without Replacing it

 

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 a 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 capstone 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

 

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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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

 

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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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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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

 

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Replacing vs Repairing Driveways with Decorative Concrete

Why Repairing Your Driveway Can Save You Thousands!

 

Should I replace my deteriorated driveway or can it be repaired? Ask any concrete replacement contractor and they will tell you that it must be replaced. And until recent years, rip out and replace was the only option. But today there are many decorative concrete solutions that are now available.

While there are many types of systems such as grind, acid stain and seal, the beautiful quartz driveways that come in ever imaginable color and are extremely durable, or perhaps a micro-topping system such as illustrated here, are awesome alternatives to replacement.

Best yet, you will have beautiful decorative concrete for a fraction of the cost of plain old gray tear out and replacement. Many consumers also worry that with tear out and replacement, could they just have the same problem again of the concrete falling apart? Well the answer is simple, there is no guaranty that it won’t just happen again.

In fact, one out of three driveways will encounter the same results that caused the consumer to have to replace the driveway in the first place. So you are probably asking yourself, wouldn’t I be better off putting my money into making my driveway beautiful instead and have decorative concrete that will last and have greater value and all for less cost than replacement?

Well, the answer is simple and there are so many beautiful, durable and greater lasting alternatives! Micro-topping your driveway is only one alternative to restoring your driveway!

Contact Concrete Restoration Systems LLC as a great source for information on the latest driveway restorations techniques and applications serving the Greater Denver Area for nearly 40 years!

 

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!

 

Article by Daniel Yalacki:

President/CEO

Concreterestorationsytems.com

Denver, Colorado

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When is it too late to repair my driveway?

Identifying when your driveway is past repair versus resurfacing.

 

Colorado’s winter brings frigid cold temperatures, which can be detrimental to a homeowner’s home though it is known for its gorgeous snow-capped mountains. Driveways are one of the most exposed parts of a home, which makes them prone to weathering damage like cracking and splitting. This can be very costly to repair and require a period of time to fix. As many of us know, homes often need repairing throughout the year.

So, when is it too late to complete driveway repair homeowners?

Waiting too long could be more costly and harmful to the driveway than thought….

The most simple answer is once winter rolls around, it is unfortunately too late, but not for all driveways. It depends on what it is made out of, as some surfaces naturally last longer than others. Some driveways are tougher than others and may need less repair and maintenance. Additionally, the amount of snowfall causing freezing and thawing can harm the concrete. The best rule of thumb to go by is to seal it every two-to-five years depending on its current condition. Homeowners, if you are unsure of whether it needs repairing, it is best to get it inspected by a professional for a quote.

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It is really important to start the repair process in the Spring or even the Summer. Homeowners planning to hire a professional for driveway replacement are advised to do it in the Summer versus Winter. Doing it in the summer will allow the concrete to settle and bond because the non-freezing temperature that winter brings will crack and split the concrete. This way the properties in the cement will have plenty of time to mend and bond together creating a very tight seal that ice and snow will have a hard time penetrating. If the driveway already has divots in it, freezing rain/temperatures will allow it to freeze and expand, creating more damage. The bigger the divot, the more cost to repair.

For some homeowners, repairing or replacing their driveway may not be readily affordable, depending on the planned budget. In this situation, it is best to talk to a professional concrete company that specializes in this restoration and resurfacing process like Concrete Restoration Systems about what can be done to make repairs on a more reasonable and affordable budget.

What if it is easier to mend cracks and divots with concrete mix poured over?

Homeowners, if it seems more practical and affordable to fill in the divots by pouring some concrete on it instead of redoing the entire driveway then consider this…

Any homeowner can buy some concrete mix from their local hardware store that just needs some water added to stir it up into a paste to fill in the cracks. This process also requires special mixers that can cost upwards to $100. Take a look at the driveway and count how many cracks need replacing. More than likely, the driveway could probably use an extra layer to seal in the remaining repairs. Better to be safe than sorry.

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Homeowners, if you want to get your driveway redone because of cracks in the pavement or even just smoothed out again, give Concrete Restoration Systems a call and see what they can do for you. Getting this process done in the Spring or even Summer before colder temperatures hit in the Winter will be very beneficial in the long run. Whether it be new concrete with any choice of stain or simply resurfacing your current concrete into a beautiful cornerstone that will increase your curbside appeal, CRS will beat any price of replacing your concrete.

 

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 Best Ways to Resurface Concrete

Ways to Repair, Resurface and Save on Your Driveway

 

When it comes to resurfacing a concrete driveway in Colorado, it is best to get it taken care of before winter. Once the weather gets cold and snow starts falling, any concrete driveway will take a beating due to the weathering. There are a couple of ways to resurface a concrete driveway. It all comes down to what the homeowners wants to do and what may be the most affordable option available to them. Concrete Restoration Systems is a well-known concrete restoration company that has been serving the Denver area for years turning worn down driveways and floors into brand new flooring.

One of the best ways to resurface a driveway is to get it professionally done with concrete resurfacing liquid. What makes this method so easy and efficient is that it can be poured down onto the driveway and smoothed out with a squeegee. It is important, however, to get it pressure washed prior to make sure there are no loose cracked pieces of concrete that will get poured over and become permanently stuck. The ideal result is to replace the cracks with the liquid cement to reinforce its strength. A big benefit of this liquid concrete is that it is cheap and easy. Bags of this powder should cost no more than $20 and can be done by Concrete Restoration Systems for a very affordable cost. Any homeowner can easily do this themselves, but if they are not sure of how to do it or do not want to mess up and cost a fortune to themselves to repair it again, it is more than what is worth their while to call a professional company who will get it done for them affordably and with great quality.

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Homeowners can save themselves lots of time, frustration and hassle by resurfacing their driveway instead of paying a fortune to have the slabs of concrete removed and replaced. Not only will that process take up to a month but also may hinder the landscape around the driveway. Resurfacing the driveway only takes about a day to do and will be ready to drive over without ruining it in no time.

Ensuring a high quality finish to the resurfaced concrete will add longevity to it for years. SunColor Acrylic water-based finish is something that can be added to the finished concrete that will give it a beautiful shine and keep it protected against weathering and other accidental damage that may occur.

The best way for any homeowner to replace or get rid of their acid stain on the concrete is to have it grinded down by a professional. Concrete Restoration Systems uses a special machine to do this that has diamond edge cutting technology that will scrape the stain right off. What is cool about this machine is that it was made in Canada and there is 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.

 

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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How to Perform Different Acid Staining Treatments to Concrete

Beautiful Treatments to Apply to your Existing Driveway

 

Concrete acid staining is the new thing for homeowners with concrete floors in their homes. Serving Colorado for over 30+ years, Concrete Restoration Systems has the experience and tools to make your dream home into a dream come true. Unlike other companies, they understand that taking the time to treat the concrete floor properly with acid yields perfect results. They appreciate the process and what makes acid staining such a beautiful piece of work.

There are two direct ways of acid staining concrete: do it yourself or have it done by a professional company. Even if the homeowner has done acid staining treatment to their home already and want it redone to look like a new design or color, there is a special preparation machine that will literally strip off a small layer of concrete so that the staining can begin. This machine is only owned by companies that specialize in this. There are only 75 of them in the country and they are a piece of work due to their crystal cutting blades. Produced in Canada, they have the power and technology to strip the smallest layer of concrete off the floor surface so that anyone can redo their acid stain without residue from before left over and a left over mess.

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Homeowners, performing DIY concrete acid staining requires tools, precision and patience. The best way to understand how to acid stain concrete is to simply research it and grasp how it works and what the acid does. When determining which kind of concrete the driveway has, it is important to know what may damage it or make the project not turn out well resulting in having it redone by a professional cost more money. The acidity of the acid can be detrimental if it touches anything that can be damaged by the acid. From here, homeowners must fathom the process of acid staining their own floor and have already planned what to do if something goes wrong and the costs of messing up and needing it to be redone by a professional.

Professionally staining concrete floors with acid, the process can be quite simply said, “they know what they are doing, therefore, nothing to worry about”. In other words, they know exactly what they are doing! Unless homeowners are keen on what they are doing with acid staining concrete and understand the process, it is more worth their money to let a professional who has done it for many years, like Concrete Restoration Systems, do it themselves so that it can be done to the homeowner’s expectations, and best of all, both parties win in this instance. With concrete staining professionally done, there comes benefits, too. Upon completion, the concrete floors will be sustainable to damage and only require easy care for the future. Due to their polished feel and look, it just takes a broom, vacuum or other cleaning supplies to clean up a spill. It has been said that a concrete floor that has been beautifully transformed through acid staining will last up to a century, whereas carpet must be cleaned every other year costing money and replaced once or twice in a decade. One of the best benefits of concrete acid staining is the versatile look, specifically an industrial look. Concrete can be given certain stains that will make it look dry instead of a wet look, which some people may not like. With a dry appearance, it may look more welcoming and homey.

 

Homeowners, if acid staining your concrete floors has been a dream of a lifetime, give Concrete Restoration Systems a call today and they will give you the best buck for your budget. With nearly 40 years in the industry and unbeatable high quality machinery, they will have it done in no time with a beautiful look to last for years.

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Concrete Spalling in your Driveway

decorative-beforeAs shown in the photograph above, concrete spalling is the flaking off of the concrete surface. It looks like little tiny chips of the concrete coming off  leaving a divot, usually about a 1/4” to a 1/2”in diameter and 1/4” to 3/8” in depth. At first, it appears to be isolated in areas of your driveway but quickly spreads to other areas like a rash gaining size and population.

Spalling occurs during the concrete installation process. Concrete spalling occurs from either extreme hot weather or extreme cold weather or just overworking the concrete surface during installation.

  • If the concrete was poured when the temperatures were expected to drop below freezing that night, the top layer of concrete freezes which causes the finish to be weakened and eventually flake off.
  • If the driveway was poured during extreme hot weather and is overworked or watered down by misting water on the concrete to get it finished, also compromises the strength and integrity of the concrete’s finish resulting in eventual failure and spalling.

Either way, the finish has been weakened and within a couple of years after installation will begin forming small 1/4” to 1/2” circles patterns in the concrete finish usually dozens of them in a single area. Eventually, these circles in the concrete pop loose creating divots that we call spalling.

We also mentioned over working the concrete. Quite often Contractors will schedule several driveways to be poured in one day. Such as a subdivision development where several driveways are poured back to back. The concrete spinning in the trucks builds up friction causing the concrete to get hot and making set up quickly making it difficult to finish. This results in overworking the concrete finish and also will compromise the finish resulting in spalling.

Spalling of concrete is far more common than you may think affecting 1 out of  3 driveways. You may have noticed this in your own neighborhood of how many driveways have spalling in them. Or in higher end neighborhoods that have large driveway and the potential for overworking the surface is significantly higher due to the volume of concrete being installed.

It is best to catch this as soon as possible before it is too late to repair. Many homeowners see the spalling occurring and just ignore it. Then when is gets really bad they call a concrete contractor that informs them that the concrete just needs to be replaced. You don’t need need to let it go until its too late.

There are systems available to fix this problem. Very beautiful systems that will provide you with a beautiful decorative driveway for far less costs than replacement. The secrete here is to not let it go so far that replacement is your only option.

Concrete Restoration Systems and its parent company have been providing and specializes in driveway restorations and decorative concrete solutions in the Denver Area for nearly 40 years and has an A+ rating with the BBB. Call us at 303-435-3334 and have one of our consultants come out and provide a free consultation on your concrete needs.