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Decorative Concrete Staining and Sealing

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

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 tear out and replace.

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 3200 colors to customize any project you have in mind. So 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 a desired color. Micro-topping’s 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 crack’s 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 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.

Its not just concrete renovation, it is art!

 

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

 

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The Art of Concrete Restoration

How Decorative Concrete Can Increase the Curb Appeal of Your Home

The Art of Concrete Restoration often begins with considering the 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!

 

Author:

Daniel L. Yalacki

Architect

Owner of Malibu Pools LLC

Concrete Restoration Systems LLC

Manufacturer of Superior Concrete and Pool Resurfacing Products

39 years of serving Colorado since 1978

A+ Rating with the BBB

Five Star Review

 

Phone: 303-435-3334

 

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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Acid Stained Concrete – Not a DIY Project for the untrained Professional

Why some home improvements should be left for a professional.

Concrete acid staining is the new trend to improve their basements for homeowners with concrete floors. Many homeowners are trying to take on the project themselves as a DIY project and this can be one of the most harmful and damaging projects to their health and home out there. While the end result is a decorative piece that is an asset and focal point to your home, undertaking the project can have long-term hazards if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Stained Acid Concrete – DIY vs Professional Benefits

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 color, there is a special preparation machine that will literally strip off a small later of concrete so that the staining can begin correctly.

The machine is only owned by companies that specialize in this. There are only 75 of them in the country and they are unique due to their diamond cutting blades. Produced in Canada, they have the power and technology to strip the smallest layer of concrete off the floor surface. This process helps prepare the surface before acid staining to eliminate residue from before the process so the process and result doesn’t end up a mess.

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, it is important to know what may damage it or make the project turn out well resulting in having it redone by a professional that will cost more money.

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The most harmful part for homeowners that are doing this themselves is the unknown acidity and reactions of the products. The acidity of the acid can be detrimental if it touched 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 expectation, and best of all, both parties with 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.

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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 it no time with a beautiful look to last for years.

ABOUT CONCRETE RESTORATION SYSTEMS:

Serving Colorado for nearly 40 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.

 

 

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Concrete Acid Stain Companies – The best option for a great look (and for your health)

How Stained Concrete Creates a Lasting Impression

 

Concrete acid staining has become popular and a trend of today’s house alternative flooring market. Many homeowners have concrete stained their floors, creating it into their dream home. The question is whether it is more cost efficient to do the project yourself or hire a professional. It all depends on how much experience you have to do it yourself and the cost of all of the supplies. Professionals that specialize in acid concrete staining have all the tools and experience to get the job done right, but it may be more cost efficient without a professional if the homeowner knows what they are doing.

There is a lot of work and tools that go into staining concrete, not to mention that once it is done, it is done. There is no going back except paying more to have it grinded down. Any homeowner should really think about the cost to them of staining concrete themselves and the extra cost if they mess up. In addition, some acid staining tools such as rollers, squeegees and acid sprays not only require professional experience to do right but can also be harmful to the homeowner’s home if done incorrectly. If the homeowner has the budget for all of the chemicals and tools, they should also plan a budget of the cost to fix anything that they do not have the knowledge to fix, worst case scenario.

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To perform a rustic acid-washed stain to concrete flooring, the estimated cost is around $0.30 per square foot for DIY homeowners. This is a great savings to consider, but what is more worth it – taking the chance of doing it yourself if you do not know what you are doing and messing up and paying what could cost up to a thousand dollars for a professional to fix it or letting a professional handle it from the beginning?

Because there are so many chemicals involved in concrete acid staining, it is so vital to make sure the acidic liquid does not come in contact with anything it should not be touching (i.e. furniture, walls, floors than be damaged from the acid). This could simply cost any homeowner thousands of dollars in damage that they could have spent on a professional to do it correctly. When in doubt, it is always best to seek a professional, like Concrete Restoration Systems, who has years of experience in the industry and knows exactly what they are doing to do the best job. One of the most harmful effects to a home from acid staining is all of the chemicals being exposed in the home. This can be dangerous to the health of anyone just by breathing it in and especially for pets due to the after effect of chemical scents roaming around.

Figuring out the best way to stain concrete both efficiently and financially will require a lot of research and professional help, but is doable and affordable in the end if done right. Homeowners, it is important to know what you want and the cost of it. Widely known in Denver, Concrete Restoration Systems has served hundreds of people around the Denver Metro area and has a history of perfection and low prices with outstanding reviews. With nearly 40 years of experience, owner Dan Yalacki will make sure all needs are taken care of.

 

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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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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What are my alternatives for my basement floor?

How an Acid Stained Floor is a Great Basement Alternative to A Finished Basement

 

Traditionally, installing carpet or hardwood flooring in a basement was the norm. Not today! With the latest advancements in concrete enhancement systems are driving consumers to these beautiful, low maintenance floors in drove’s! Flood resistant, stain resistant, easy to clean and just plain stunning!

Stained Floors:

The stain takes on the character of your existing concrete with all its many and beautiful flaws creating an ever developing and unique look from every floor done. Every project is different and no two look the same with a multitude of colors and color combinations to produce a work of art as the centerpiece of any project.

You’ll love these floors they feel so substantial to walk on and play on. Great for folks with pets and Messy Marvin’s as they clean up so easily and have unbelievable durability. No more the days of mildew carpets, carpet cleaning or water damage. These floors can take on the water and smile.

You begin with a free consultation with an architect and project planner to discuss the project and the look desired and take suggestion. Next, samples are put together based on the designing discussion so you can see what the project will look like at completion. It is a hands on process that puts the client in the picture from the very beginning to completion. It’s fun and the process insures that you get the exact look you had in mind.

Micro-topping:

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Another great alternative to conventional flooring is Micro-topping. As the name describes its micro thin but oh what a look it has that doesn’t look thin at all. This process is a building of patterns, colors and textures to achieve many appearances like stone, smooth trowel with stain, leather look and more. It  is also a hybrid application that repels water and is extremely durable. There are about 15 colors to choose from and mix and match to create the perfect floor for any room.

We welcome you to visit us at concreterestorationsystems.com for more information and ideas for these exciting flooring systems. You will really have fun creating the most exciting durable concrete floors for your unique project.

 

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.

 

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