[Posted on August 26th, 2014 by Ashley Aguirre]
One effective way to give your backyard patio a boost is to have a concrete overlay installed. It’s best to have a professional install it, such as those at Allied Outdoor Solutions, because the process involves meticulous attention to detail and skill. If you have boring and drab concrete in your home or as part of your landscape, these elements can pull down the value of your home and its overall look. You can increase your value by incorporating concrete overlay on your Houston property. All it takes is a durable coating in the color and texture of your choice. And no messy tear-outs are involved. Taking durability, versatility and affordability into account, you will see that concrete overlays can be a positive addition to your backyard.
Choosing a Concrete Overlay
Concrete is a good choice for outdoor landscaping, such as in patios, because it has a low initial cost with little regular maintenance needed. If you don’t want to take on a big project that involves tearing out the existing concrete and starting from scratch, you can opt for an easier solution for your backyard patio. This is where concrete overlays from Houston-based Allied Outdoor Solutions come in. You can hide imperfections in existing concrete and add a splash of color to anything from driveways and patios to pool decks and walkways. This is more affordable overall because there’s no need for tear-outs, plus the time spent on the project will be less. With so many styles, colors and designs to select from, your only stress may come from the fact that you simply can’t decide on those factors! Concrete coatings are made from a blend of cement and minerals to provide just the right texture for your needs.
When opting for a concrete overlay, you’re making a wise choice that blends well with the climate. Coatings such as Carvestone, which is the product that Allied Outdoor Solutions uses, withstand the heat of the Texas sun and is perfect for pool areas. Before quartz coatings came along, which is essentially what Carvestone is, all coatings looked the same — fake. Now, with advancements in technology, you can get the look of real stone at a fraction of the price. Plus, concrete is more durable than natural stone in many instances, and it’s so versatile, you can configure your design in any way you like.
Carvestone coatings are even more durable than concrete — twice as strong in fact. Concrete coatings won’t break down over time, plus they’re hand carved and crafted for a unique look every time. Those minerals and additives work together to increase the wear resistance, appearance and performance of concrete. The installation process should be handled by pros due to the precision involved. They know how to adhere the coating to your old concrete so it’s able to keep salt, abrasions and chemicals out. They also know how to ensure the base is structurally sound and won’t lead to cracking later on. Don’t worry about fading, either, because concrete overlays naturally resist UV rays.