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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

 

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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 and replacement. Beautiful decorative applications that are stronger and more durable than your existing concrete driveway. Here we shall discuss our exclusive quartz driveway system that is perfect for repairing and resurfacing your driveway along with walkways, entryway, and even patios.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Article Posted January 10, 2018 by:

Daniel Yalacki President/Consultant

Concrete Restoration Systems

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Article written by:

Daniel Yalacki

 

Concrete Restoration Systems LLC

 

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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

 

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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

Coating Systems Plus LLC