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Choosing the Right Contractor

Choosing the Right Contractor

It’s a new year and you are looking to do some of the projects you dreamed up in 2017.  Maybe it’s a new concrete patio, covered patio, outdoor kitchen, pool, pergola, fire pit or fire place.  Maybe you want all of those items.  You have the idea but finding the right contractor can feel daunting!  Below is a checklist that you can use to help you find the right contractor.
Before you meet, find out how easy is it to get a hold of their company.  Can you pick up the phone and immediately get someone on the other end or does it go into a voicemail box that may or may not get returned.  This is important because when you start your outdoor living project whether it be a concrete patio, covered patio, pergola, pool, outdoor kitchen, or fire feature you will always want to know that you can get a hold of someone in a moments notice.  If you can’t a hold of them know do not expect anything different later on in the process.
Look at their reputation on-line.  You go look them up on yelp, google, angies list, or facebook.  Make sure you look at all of these areas because you will want to make sure that the feedback is consistent.  You will also want to be sure that the reviews support what they tell when they come visit you at your home for your outdoor living project.  You are going to spend a lot of money and this step is important to find out what their customers are saying about them.
After you have scheduled your appointment take note if they show up on time or late.  Do they respect your time by showing up when they said they would?  These little things are important when you are going through the process of finding the right contractor for your project.  Once they are at your house, use this time as an interview process.  Ask them to give you a price on the spot?  Ask them how many jobs they completed in 2017?  Ask them if they have an actual office or if they are working out of their truck?  These questions might sound silly but they are important.  You want someone you can relate with, shows up on time, and is running a business that is delivering results to the community you live in for years past and years to come.
Remember this quote, “Cheap pays twice.”  When you are about to invest thousands of dollars into an outdoor living project make sure you do not jump on the best deal.  Make sure you have done all your homework on the above.  Make sure you are asking the right questions.  Take note of their online reputation.  And when you have done that the price should take care of itself.  If you are dealing with a company that has a track record of many years of jobs completed, satisfied customers online, and respect you and your time the price they give you is probably going to reflect it.
So as you start this year searching for your outdoor living contractor for patios, pools, covered patios, Carvestone overlay, outdoor kitchens use this above checklist to find the right one for you!

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Living Area

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Living Area

If you watch many shows on HGTV or DIY Network, you have probably spent a fair amount of time with mouth agape at some of the incredible outdoor living areas that are created. But you don’t have to just dream about an outdoor living space. Living in Texas and Arizona, we are in the perfect climate to enjoy an outdoor living space year-round. And at Allied Outdoor Solutions, we know how to help you create the perfect outdoor living space for you. Here are a few things to address throughout the process.

  1. What features do you want? An outdoor living space can be anywhere from simple to elaborate. It all depends on how you plan on using the space. The outdoor living division at Allied Outdoor Solutions can complete any project you can think of, from outdoor kitchens to water features. So ask yourself and your family, “What features do we want to be a part of our outdoor living space?” Custom pergolas and patios, kitchens, water features, and fire features are all options.
  2. What surface do you prefer? At Allied Outdoor Solutions we specialize in many kinds of surfaces, all of which could look stunning at your home. It’s up to you to decide whether you prefer pavers, concrete, wood decking, or carvestone. We can resurface an existing surface or create something free-standing. Really, the sky is the limit.

So stop just dreaming about your outdoor living space. Now is the perfect time to contact Allied Outdoor Solutions to start planning your outside oasis. Contact us today for more information.

 

Should My Fire Pit be Wood Burning or Gas Powered?

There are several different things to think through when deciding gas vs. wood. I’ve tried to narrow it down to the three I think should have the most weight in your decision: cost, aesthetic and function.

From a cost perspective, a wood burning pit will be far cheaper. Running a gas line from the source can be costly and adding an ignition kit at the pit isn’t free. Other items often used in a gas pit are a fire ring and lava rock or glass shards. Very generally speaking, a gas pit will cost approximately 50% more than a wood burning feature and, while a fire pit is unlikely to be a huge factor in the cost of the entire project, it’s still something you should be aware of.

The aesthetics aren’t terribly different. Generally, you will have a row of firebrick on the inside of a wood-burning pit and weep holes at the bottom. Neither of these items will have a large impact on the final look. All of the same stone and brick can be used on the façade and the cap. The biggest difference is the top of the pit. A wood-burning pit will generally be wide open but a gas pit will have a fire ring and lavarock. It’s a cleaner, more modern look. Which one you choose is entirely dependent on your own preferences.

The function of the pit is where a gas pit usually wins out. The three functional items which are most problematic with wood burning pits are smoke, cleanliness and time. While the smoke of a wood-burning fire smells wonderful, it can be painful on your eyes and make for a pungent smell the next day. A wood burning firepit will need to be cleaned out after use or the ashes and wood debris can make a mess during a heavy rain as they wash through the weep holes. The third functional benefit of gas is time. You can light it when you want it, without needing wood on hand, and it will light immediately, every time. While lighting wood can be fun, it can also make for a frustrating evening.

Interested in a fire feature, call us today.

 

 

What is Carvestone Concrete Overlay?

Carvestone is the market’s premier concrete overlay product. Its composition is uniquely created for Allied Outdoor Solutions and perfectly suited for our markets in both Texas and Arizona. It is composed of a specialized mixture of materials including limestone and quartz. While the mixture of aggregates and chemistry of the material is extremely important for the life of your project, it is our installation process that sets us apart. We hand-trowel, hand-carve and hand-color the entire surface. Each project is custom designed to meet the specific needs of each client we work with. Whether the work is done on a sidewalk, patio, driveway or pool deck, our Carvestone product will be installed for function and created for luxury. Our experienced oversight will help you select the right blend of color and texture so that it won’t burn your feet in the summer or become too slippery when wet. Don’t forget, our Carvestone overlay system comes complete with a 7-year warranty!   Contact us today.

 

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Water Removal, Home Dry-Out, Flood Water Clean Up, and Flood Damage Debris Removal Services 

Water Removal, Home Dry-Out, Flood Water Clean Up, and Flood Damage Debris Removal Services

 

We hope this post finds you well, and that you, your loved ones, and your home have made it safely through this last week of storms and flooding. Like you, our employees have spent the last week volunteering and looking for opportunities to help their neighbors, and they’ve found what you have: a lot of people, needing a lot of help, with interior projects like demolition and drying. This hasn’t been our line of work in the past, but faced with such a dramatic change in Houston’s needs, we’ve decided that we don’t want to blindly go about business as usual. The community needs at least one trusted, local contractor they can call. So we’re shifting gears. Effective immediately, we’ll be transferring many of our available resources to the work of demolition and drying, for as long as necessary. Please take a few minutes to read what we are doing and why. Perhaps it’s not for you, but it could be for a friend, neighbor or loved one. We appreciate your time.

Why We’re Doing It:
As the Houston and Beaumont areas began the long process of picking up the pieces this past week, we at Allied quickly became aware of the construction nightmare just around the corner. Several of our own team members had their homes flooded and found themselves in the same predicament as many others in our city. Our employees expressed two chief concerns: first, that there wouldn’t be nearly enough local contractors to handle all the future work promptly, and second, that they wouldn’t know how to differentiate between a reputable out-of-town contractor and those who wanted to make a quick buck. These employees helped define for us exactly where our responsibility lies, as a company, for the immediate future. We realized we have the skilled labor, infrastructure, and much of the equipment necessary to get to work helping Houstonians “dry out.” What’s more, we can do that work promptly, and we can offer Houstonians the assurance of working with a name they know and trust.

What We’re Doing:
It goes without saying that we will continue running our core business of outdoor construction. We have no desire to deviate from that in the long term. We, in fact, will continue installing the various outdoor living products we’re known for throughout the fall and winter, and we plan to continue to handle that work for many, many decades to come. If you have a project scheduled with us, that work will get done, although we would ask that you consider providing us with as much flexibility as you can on the timing of that project. In the end, though, we’ve decided that a strong pivot into demolition and drying services will still allow us to do what we do best—provide the highest-quality service at a fair price—for the people in greatest need. We see moving into this new work, which certainly promises to be an exciting challenge, as our way of using our expertise to serve the community in what will be a trying few years AND of caring for the wonderful team members we’re responsible for. A win-win.
We hope you’ll agree.

If you have any needs at all, or would just like to share a heroic story, please Contact us

-Your friends at Allied Home Services, a division of Allied Outdoor Solutions

 

 

Allied Home Services - A Division of Allied Outdoor Solutions offering Flood Restoration and Water Clean Up Services

 

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Home Water Damage Debris Removal and Dry Out

 

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Home Water Damage

 

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Flood water removal in Houston

Flood water removal in Houston – Allied Home Services

Flood water and the initial damage it causes is only the beginning of the devastation for Houstonians. We are all now tasked with removing that water, and everything it brought with it, from our homes. This is a lengthy process and should only be completed by a trained professional. Allied Outdoor Solutions has been trained by a flood water removal expert. Paul Rexroad, an environmental specialist, has been in this arena for most of his life and was willing to share his knowledge with us. We’ve dug deep and learned that removing damaged materials due to flooding, can only be done one way. The right way. Many people who would have heard tactics on demolition and mitigation from local news networks are missing out on some important information. For instance, bleach is not sufficient to begin treating mold. Instead, we use much stronger chemicals (still safe for animals and humans) which help to reduce any unseen damage left behind by the flood waters. Let Allied Outdoor Solutions help you move forward and put this flood behind us. There is certainly a lot of work to be done, but we’re proud to say that we have over 500 fans and dehumidifiers in inventory. We’re ready to help you today.

 

Contact us today for a free estimate.

 

Allied Home Services - A Division of Allied Outdoor Solutions offering Flood Restoration and Water Clean Up Services

 

 

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Why Pool Deck Resurfacing is Probably Your Best Option

Why Pool Deck Resurfacing is Probably Your Best Option

 

If you think that you might need pool deck resurfacing, then you’re probably right. An old, worn out, or faded pool desk is definitely not pleasant to look at, and tearing it down altogether is rather expensive. Your best bet is to just have it resurfaced to easily and affordably bring it back to its original glory. Take a look at why pool deck resurfacing is probably your best option.

Value 

A simple resurfacing of your pool deck is sometimes all it takes to significantly increase the value of your home and your property. You’ll know it’s time to do it when your pool deck really starts to show its age. And even if it’s still in pretty good shape, you may need to have it resurfaced in order to keep up with the changing times and styles. It’s the perfect way to revitalize your pool area and really get the most out of it.

Safer 

Sometimes falls are just inevitable, but if you’re noticing that you or your kids are taking quite a few spills, the problem may very well be due to the surface of your pool deck. Having it resurfaced can completely change the texture of it, thus making it safer for everybody.

More Durable

You can’t control the weather, but you can do what you need to do in order to protect your pool deck from it. A simple coating on top of your resurfaced concrete will effectively seal your deck and protect it from the elements. This will also prevent unnecessary maintenance and damage from occurring.

Contact us today at Allied Outdoor Solutions to learn more about pool deck resurfacing and what it can do for you and your home.

 

 

Carvestone Pool Deck

4 Ways an Outdoor Kitchen Can Improve Your Quality of Life in Austin, Texas

4 Ways an Outdoor Kitchen Can Improve Your Quality of Life in Austin, Texas

Residents of Austin, Texas are always searching for more ways to enjoy the great weather of the region. Adding an outdoor kitchen to your property offers the chance to turn your backyard into a new living space. Where you can not only relax and enjoy the weather, but also prepare and serve wonderful meals without ever leaving your guests. Here are four ways an outdoor kitchen can improve your outdoor living.

Outdoor landscape

An outdoor kitchen adds a major style element to your outdoor space. It acts as a central focal point of the outdoor space where people congregate. It is easy to tie in the current theme of your landscaping within the kitchen, or start new and design the kitchen with an entire new theme. An outdoor kitchen gives your backyard that wow factor that transforms an average yard into your dream space.

Family time

Creating an outdoor kitchen offers an ideal place for a family to spend time. It allows for family interaction during meals as well as a place to sit and bond. Families tend to go their separate ways while indoors. An outdoor space has the benefit of having no walls or barriers to separate family members.

Entertaining

Entertaining is a popular activity for couples and families alike. An outdoor kitchen gives you the ultimate entertaining space to enjoy the great Austin, Texas weather while mingling with friends. You will have everything you need to prepare and serve meals as well as drinks. It also offers the convenience of not having to run inside every time someone needs something.

Home value

Home improvements almost always increase your home’s value, but not by the amount you spent on it. Some improvements increase it more than others monetarily and some improve its desirability on the housing market. An outdoor kitchen is a major selling point if you are considering selling your house in the near future. It will garner the attention of those looking for an improved outdoor space where they can spend time with friends and family.

If you would like more information on an outdoor kitchen for your Austin, Texas home, please contact us.

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions - Outdoor Kitchen

Allied Outdoor Solutions – Outdoor Kitchen

Pool Deck Overlay: Turn Your Outdated Pool Deck Into An Eye-Catching Backyard Attraction

Pool Deck Overlay: Turn Your Outdated Pool Deck Into An Eye-Catching Backyard Attraction

 

When was the last time you took a good look at your pool deck? The next time you walk outside, you should take a good look at it. Your pool deck should be able to withstand any type of summertime action. Your home’s pool deck should make your home’s pool as eye-catching as it can possibly get. If no one wants to step one foot onto your pool deck because it looks like it could give in at any moment or if it looks outdated, you may want to think about resurfacing your pool deck.

If you are not sure if your pool deck needs to have a makeover, here are some strong signs that it does:

Pool Deck Is Worn

If you have many people coming over to your home to take a dip in your pool, it is likely that your pool deck has seen its fair share of foot traffic. Your pool deck is also exposed to plenty of sunlight and plenty of chemicals from the pool water. When your pool deck is resurfaced, the damages to your pool deck will be reversed and your deck will look as good as new.

Pool Deck Looks “Old-Fashioned”

Have you had any complaints from your children that your pool deck looks old-fashioned? If your pool deck no longer has the “wow” appeal that it first had, it is time to give your deck a makeover. You can significantly change the appearance of your backyard just by updating your pool deck. You do not have to deal with a pool deck that makes you shake your head every time you look at it.

If you are tired of looking at your outdated pool deck and you are tired of hearing the complaints, contact us today to find out what we can do to restore your pool deck.

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions Pool Deck Overlay

Allied Outdoor Solutions Pool Deck Overlay

Concrete Overlay Solutions to Give Your Backyard A Makeover

Concrete Overlay Solutions to Give Your Backyard A Makeover

 

Concrete overlay is a versatile solution to makeover pavements and give features like patios and paths a more attractive look and feel. The choices of overlay include natural stone finishes and colors to achieve just the look you are looking for. Overlays can also be applied as a finish for new concrete, and as an alternative to more costly materials like natural stone or brick pavers.

 

Concrete Overlay Is More Than a New Finish

The overlay finish of concrete is used for mainly to give pavement surfaces a more attractive look. The process involves applying a layer of a special cement mixture to the surface of pavements and applying realistic textures and colors by hand. Unlike methods like stamped concrete, hand applied concrete layover will give surfaces a realistic looking finish.

Why Using Concrete Overlay is Right for Your Landscaping Design

Many other options for pavement finishes will require you to remove old pavements, but with concrete layover techniques, existing pavements are left in place and a new finish layer is applied to the existing materials. The layover cuts costs, creates a realistic look and gives you more options to finish pavements.

The Many Affordable Pavement Finishes with Concrete Overlay Colors and Textures

With natural stone, pavers and stamped concrete, you are limited to fewer choices when it comes to finishes on the surface. Concrete layover gives you a choice of colors and textures that are applied behind to create the look you want for the pavement surfaces around your landscaping.

 

Giving concrete, an attractive finish is simple and affordable with overlay. Contact us to give any plain pavements and concrete around your home an elegant look with an overlay finish.

 

Concrete Overlay

Concrete Overlay