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Denver’s Best Custom Pools

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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3. Pool Installation and Expertise

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4.  Propper Pool Setup and Long-Term Pans

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Pool and Spa Re-Surfacing and Renovation – Eagle

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

This pool and spa were painted several times over the last few years with first white epoxy paint and then blue epoxy paint as you can see by the photographs. The trouble here is that when the pool and spa began showing signs of deterioration, staining and roughness, the owners decided to paint the pool and spa to cover up this damage.

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

To make matters worse, they used metal slag to blast off the layers of paint instead of grinding the paint off. The metal slag hit the paint and rips it off along with the soft plaster below leaving the plaster surface chewed up and distorted. Making this a real challenge to level the surface and to make it structurally sound but also smooth. This pool and spa were located at a resort just outside of Vail Colorado, so we took every tool and patching system we had with us to face the challenge we obviously had ahead of us.

Now the pool and spa surface was very rough and we cannot patch over even spots of paint with mortar, because it will not bond for long submerged in water. So all of the paint must go. When the slag hit the surface of a combination of paint and the underlying soft and deteriorated plaster, it really chewed it up. So we needed to find the best way to get rid of the paint and level the plaster under the paint that was seriously deteriorated and distorted.

We found that a combination of 7” and 4 1/2” diamond cutter cups on a right angle grinder provided an excellent way to remove the paint but also removed the loose and deteriorated plaster below. Once the pool and spa were completely ground down, we basically just re-plastered the pool and spa with a submersible mortar and then sanded the mortar smooth with 40 grit sanding pads on palm sanders.

This worked great and provided the perfect solid and smooth substrate for re-surfacing. We can now install two applications of 100% Solid High Build Epoxy over the prepared surface, with 30 mesh silica sand broadcasted into the step area to prevent slipping, between the first and second applications.

This pool and spa were indoors so even though epoxies can yellow in the sun, placing epoxy on indoor pools and spas is okay! However, on outdoor pools and spas, I would recommend applying a polyurethane application for UV protection.

Below I have provided photographs depicting this process in sequence. This is the way to properly renovate a pool or spa. For more information of this type of renovation project please visit our websites at Malibupoolscolorado.com or ConcreteRestorationSystems.com.

 

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Malibu Pools and Concrete Restoration Systems LLC           

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Pool Coping and Spa Renovation

In this article, we are going to look at pool coping stone restoration and renovation ideas from a job we did at the Best Western.

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We are also looking at ways to repair heavily damaged plaster in pools and spas from chemical abuse. Let’s start with the pool chemical deterioration first. Looking at the photographs below, you can see like a rash on the plaster surface. This pool at the Best Western in Ft. Collins, Colorado was built eight years ago. The person caring for the pool threw chemicals directly into the pool. Which caused the plaster to have chemical burn marks all over the pool surface.

About halfway down the pool and into the deep end of the pool, the chlorine tablets thrown directly on the plaster surface caused burned cratered areas all over the pool floor and in general, all of the plaster was soft with like cancer pockets and veining that were brown and green in appearance.     

The proper way to disburse chemicals into your pool is by way of chemical injection feeders, inline feeders or at least into the skimmers so that the chemicals can be disbursed through the filtering system before entering your pool.

To stabilize the pool plaster, we needed to grind off this soft plaster from the entire surface. So we used #16 grit silica carbide grinding disc and right angle grinders to remove the soft plaster from the pool as shown below. We then patched the deep cratered areas with mortar and sanded them with palm sanders and #40 grit sanding disc to smooth out and blend the entire surface.

We then applied two applications of 100% solid high build epoxy to finish the surface renovation process. It turned out beautiful and the owner couldn’t be happier.

This again was an indoor pool but if you were renovating an outdoor pool, I would recommend applying a polyurethane coat over the epoxy to protect it from the UV rays of the sun that can amber the epoxy application.

 

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Coping Stone Renovation:

This can get fun! When you are getting a newly renovated pool, you may be looking for some ideas to renovate your coping stones that are discolored or damaged. So here is one idea… We installed a quartz decking application that we commonly install in driveways and added grout joints to divide the stones. This can be done in many different colors and really adds a lot to the final finish and look of your new pool restoration!

 

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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.

 

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

 

This article was provided by:

Daniel Yalacki of Concrete Restoration Systems by Malibu Pools

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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!

 

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!