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Give Your Backyard New Life This Summer with a Pool Deck Overlay

Give Your Backyard New Life This Summer with a Pool Deck Overlay

An unsightly pool deck affects the look of your entire backyard. Not only does it make the pool look old and worn, but also takes away from all adjacent patios, decks, and landscaping. A new pool deck will give your backyard a new life, and make your pool look new again. Homeowners have several options and styles to choose from for their new pool deck.

An outright replacement is an option for a pool deck in disrepair. This comes with the task of ripping the old pool deck out, excavating, and replacing with new concrete. This is a costly undertaking and comes with the risk of damaging the pool itself. Many homeowners opt to leave their pool deck as is when faced with the cost of a complete replacement. A pool deck overlay is a much more cost efficient method that restores the integrity and beauty of your pool deck.

An overlay utilizes your existing pool deck as a base, eliminating the need of removing the concrete. This alone saves the owner a lot of money and time during the project. The overlay uses Carvestone, which is a concrete like material made from crushed limestone and quartz, offering a harder surface that is resistant to chipping. The process involves etching your current pool deck, applying primer, and then the Carvestone product. The beauty of this product is that the owner chooses the color and pattern so that it compliments their current landscaping. A variety of stone patterns and colors allow you to make your pool deck unique and stylish.

If you would like more information on giving your pool area a new look, or fix a pool deck in disrepair please contact us.

 

Carvestone Pool Deck in Houston Texas

 

Carvestone Pool Deck in Houston Texas

 

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Enjoy Your Outdoor Living Area with a Covered Patio

Enjoy Your Outdoor Living Area with a Covered Patio

As a homeowner, you want to spend your money wisely when it comes improvements and additions. It is best to consider your wants and needs, but you should also think about the most versatile options. For instance, when it comes to adding an outdoor living area, one of the smartest choices is a covered patio because it provides you with so much versatility and so many options for furnishing and using the space.

Enjoy Easy Furnishing and Decorating

Without a covered patio, you have to consider many factors for buying furniture, such as how the climate will affect the furniture that you purchase. It is ideal to get furniture that will not experience substantial wear and tear from constant exposure to the sun or getting hit with heavy rain on an annual basis. However, a covered patio allows you to avoid these particular issues.

Protect Yourself from the Elements

Not only do you want to protect your furniture from the elements, but you want to make sure that you and your family are protected as well. A covered patio provides you with the perfect alternative to an uncovered patio or deck, which are both popular options for outdoor living spaces.

Get Comfortable Furniture

Although it is not impossible to get comfortable furniture for an uncovered patio, you will have a more difficult time finding furniture that can last through the years and remain comfortable at the same time. Without the elements to worry about, you can focus on getting the coziest furniture.

If you want help with creating an outdoor living area, contact us today.

 

Carvestone covered patio and deck that is an alternative to pavers

 

 

Are Overlays on Driveways an Alternative to Re-Pouring?

Are Overlays on Driveways an Alternative to Re-Pouring?

 

Driveways have to stand up to a lot of punishment. In addition to constant exposure to wind and rain, sun and snow, heat and cold, they’re constantly being rolled over by multi-ton vehicles, used as hosting areas for basketball games, and dozens of other activities. With all of that going on it’s no surprise that your driveway can start looking a little rough around the edges after a few years.

While you always have the option to tear up your driveway and re-pour it, that’s an expensive proposal. In addition to being expensive, though, re-pouring a driveway is inconvenient. The weather has to cooperate, and the slabs have to set just right. Not only that but it can take days if you want to do it right. It’s not an easy task.

Fortunately there’s another option if you want to invigorate your driveway; adding a concrete overlay.

 

 

What is a Concrete Overlay?

A concrete overlay is a skin that goes on over existing concrete. These overlays come in a variety of shapes, sizes, designs, and colors, and they cover up and protect the concrete underneath. These overlays can provide extra grip, repel water, or just update the look. Not only that, but overlay on driveways is significantly cheaper than re-pouring the concrete.

For More Than Just Driveways

While concrete overlays are ideal for people who want to give their driveways a face lift while providing it with a bit of added protection, they’re also a great solution for other parts of your home as well. Concrete patios that could use some spicing up are good candidates for concrete overlays, but so are areas around in-ground pools where a water-resistant covering might be just the thing you need.

If you’d like to talk to a professional about concrete overlays for your driveway, or really any part of your home, all you have to do is contact us today!

 

 

Carvestone is an alternative to stamped or stained concrete

What to Look for In a Concrete Overlay Contractor in Dallas/Ft. Worth

What to Look for In a Concrete Overlay Contractor in Dallas/Ft. Worth

The Dallas/Ft. Worth area is blessed with warm weather for most of the year which helps make outdoor living areas more useable. It’s little wonder that more people are now creating outdoor kitchens, resurfacing their pool decks, adding pergolas, resurfacing their driveways, adding a patio to the backyard and overlaying existing concrete or pea gravel.

What is Carvestone Concrete Overlay?

Carvestone is such a durable and adaptable material that it can be applied with equal success in high stress and high visibility locations: driveways, patios, pool decks, and even vertical surfaces. Given a strong, stable substrate, we can cover concrete, pea gravel, cool deck, brick pool copings, and more. If you don’t have the surface required for a carvestone application or would like to expand the one you do have, we can pour the concrete to facilitate these changes. Our project consultants have gone through extensive product training and can readily discern the types of surfaces where a carvestone application will be most successful.

Customization: Unlike many overlay products, carvestone is flexible enough to coordinate with the existing character of your backyard.

Durability: Carvestone surfaces achieve strengths of approximately 6000 PSI, twice as strong as concrete.

Slip Resistant: We’ve built two layers of defense against slipperiness into our processes.

Cool Surface: Carvestone is cooler than many alternative surfaces including pea gravel, painted concrete, pavers, and stamped concrete.

 

The Five Things to Look for in a Concrete Overlay Contractor in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

When looking to have any contractor work on your home, you should make sure that they meet the following criteria.

Licensed & Insured: The proper concrete overlay contractor in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX will be fully licensed to do such work and have the proper insurance so in case something happens you are not left with the bill.

Professional Installers: The best companies use skilled, trained personnel to create, build and install your kitchen outdoors. They will know what to do from the moment they arrive and will have many positive customer reviews as well that demonstrates their skill level.

Experienced: Knowing what to do is a vital part of constructing outdoor kitchens, especially considering the different types of challenges that backyards present. You want a company with years of experience in this kind of work.

Wide Variety of Choices: From simple colors to detailed designs, the company you choose should have plenty of choices that will help you design and create the nicest outdoor area for you to use.

Reasonable Price: Overall, the price should be reasonable for such an endeavor. But make sure you are getting the best price to service ratio.  The cheapest contractor is usually not the best and would probably not provide a warranty.

It’s little wonder that Allied Outdoor Solutions is the best choice to Beautify Your Concrete and install the nicest and most durable concrete overlay.  Contact us today for a free in home estimate.

 

 

 

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Freshen Up Your Outdoor Living Area with a Concrete Overlay

Freshen Up Your Outdoor Living Area with a Concrete Overlay

Although the idea of spending time in your backyard might sound extremely nice, many homeowners do not take advantage of their outdoor living area for a number of reasons. If you want to start spending more time outside, you need to eliminate any problems or negative qualities about your backyard. For instance, whether you initially created a beautiful outdoor living area or you bought the home with one, it may not have aged that well, and now has become a deserted place on your property.

Fixing it up does not have to be hard when you take advantage of a concrete overlay.

Take the Old and Make it Look New

Without attractive flooring, you will have a tough time selling any space. As for the outdoors, your concrete may not be in the best condition, but you can take the old and make it look new again. Whether you want a design that is simple, intricate, or matching, the choice is in your hands.

Start Enjoying the Space Again

By taking your old concrete and making it attractive, you can start using the space again. It might be necessary to take on some other projects, such as repainting, refinishing, or buying new furniture. However, instead of trying to avoid looking outside at your unkempt outdoor space, you can be proud to open the windows in the day and start inviting family and friends for backyard gatherings.

Improve Outdoor Safety

Another important quality that comes with a concrete overlay is improved outdoor safety. If you have cracked concrete, you do not want people walking around with the danger of tripping and falling down.

Contact us if you would like to learn more about your options for a concrete overlay.

 

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Invest in Concrete Overlay

Invest in Sidewalk Concrete Overlay Once It Starts Wearing Down Heavily

Although the concrete on your property can last for a long time, especially when it is laid down correctly in the first place, you may have bought a home that has a severely aged concrete sidewalk. Instead of letting it continue to get worse over time, you should think about a sidewalk concrete overlay to take care of something that you would need to handle in the future and to prevent it from becoming worse.

Maximize Property Safety

While minor cracks should not be that dangerous to you or your guests, you should not take any chances with a sidewalk as it is used and relied on for safe passage. If you have handicapped individuals who visit your home regularly, you should make an overlay a top priority to prevent them from getting injured.

Enjoy Customization

Although you can opt for a plain and simple overlay, you can also take advantage of this opportunity to get a highly customized sidewalk. Whether you want the sidewalk to be the main focus or to complement the entire space is entirely up to you, but having these options in the first place is quite nice.

Better Appearance

Regardless of which option you choose, a new overlay will look better than what you had before. If the exterior of your home could use some work, a new sidewalk can help to improve this aspect of your home.

Higher Resale Value

If you think that you might want to sell your home in the near future, you can enjoy a higher resale value with a sidewalk concrete overlay, especially when the current sidewalk does not look so good.

Contact us if you have any questions about our professional services.

 

Resurfacing Walkway After Picture in Houston

Don’t Delay – Use Concrete Overlay Today!


Don’t Delay – Use Concrete Overlay Today!
Outdoor spaces tend to go through a lot of wear and tear from the elements. So if you want to redo your outdoor space, you should consider concrete overlay. What makes concrete overlay such a great choice is that it can go right over an existing surface – which means there isn’t a need for demolition, just preparation of the surface.

Whether you need your pool deck, patio, sidewalk, or driveway to be refinished, you should consider concrete overlay. You have a few different choices for application, whether you want a broom finish (which is regular) or a decorative finish (which can be stamped and stained). We take pride in the fact that we will come and bring samples that are best suited for your home, your taste, and style.

The concrete overlay, when done with stamps and stains, is made to look like stone and can provide a brand-new look for your outdoor space. Concrete overlay can be even made to look like bricks on a stylish sidewalk, or uniquely-shaped stone tiles for around your pool.

Apart from the overall quality appearance of our concrete overlay it also comes with our experienced concrete contractors. Here’s what happens when you call us up:

First, we wash the existing surface with a 4000 PSI power washer. Prepping the surface is so important that we usually take an entire day, making sure that the finished overlay will not come off the surface once we’re finished. Then, we put down a coat of Carvestone material that bonds to the concrete, made with crushed limestone and quartz to give it a realistic appearance and the strength to withstand all elements.

Depending on your preferred pattern, we use a different trowelling technique that ranges from a wavy texture to emulate flagstone to a smooth texture to emulate quarried stone. Carving in the pattern by hand ensures that you get a realistic, durable look. In addition to the texture, we can also mix and match colors to your preference.

Finally, we grout the pattern voids with more Carvestone, and seal the overlay to degloss the surface and make it as slip-resistant as possible.

We also do a pre-walk through and a post-job walk through to make sure the job has been done properly from start to finish. We understand that having concrete overlay is exciting because it will refinish, refurbish, and improve a worn-out space. Let us give you the best experience possible, and get your space done perfectly the first time. Please contact us to learn more about our services.

 

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Resurface Walkways to Maximize Safety on Your Property

Resurface Walkways to Maximize Safety on Your Property

As a homeowner, it is important to prioritize safety on your property. For family members, friends, and service professionals, you want to make sure your home is a safe place for them to be. Most importantly, you want the walkways around the house to be problem-free as they can easily cause an injury.

It is ideal to resurface walkways on your property when you know they are a safety hazard.

Cracks Can Lead to Tripping

One of the most common problems with walkways is cracks that can lead to tripping and falling. Since you are likely to use these walkways on a regular basis, you should prioritize fixing them. However, it is unnecessary to replace them when an appropriate solution is to resurface them.

Guarantee Safe Passage

If the walkways on your property are in poor condition, you might find yourself or others avoiding them completely. However, the areas surrounding the broken walkways could be even more dangerous.

Establish Clear Walkways

When you have properly maintained walkways, you create a clear passage for people to follow. With a lush landscape, a walkway is necessary to avoid landscape-related damage. If your current pathways are not that distinguishable, you will find that a resurfacing is all it likely needs to shine.

Whether the walkways are in your front yard, on the sides of your property, or in the backyard, you should make sure they are in excellent condition at all times to eliminate the chances of injuries.

If you have any questions about our resurfacing services, feel free to contact us.

 

 

Resurfacing Walkway Before Picture in Houston

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Resurfacing Walkway After Picture in Houston

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Create a Stylish Outdoor Living Area

For many homeowners, creating stylish outdoor living areas is easier than they think. This is because most homes have existing concrete patios or slabs. These are transformable into newly designed spaces, such as outdoor kitchens or a designer patio. Renovating the existing concrete, saves the homeowner time, and money over removing it.

A homeowner has options when it comes to revitalizing their drab concrete patio. If the slab is in good condition without any major structural issues, then it is best to leave it in place. Carvestone can overlay the existing concrete with no messy tear-out. This makes your patio renovation much quicker and cost less money. It does away with all the time and expenses of demolition and disposal of the concrete. The Carvestone process, not only changes the look, but also shores up the structural integrity. Homeowners can choose from an array of pattern and colors, leaving their once drab patio with a new chic look. Your new slab will look like a finely crafted stone or custom tile patio.

While renovating your concrete slab, it is easy to make additions to it. Fire pits are an excellent addition to add style and a focal point. They also allow owners to prolong the use of their outdoor space when temperatures start to dip in the fall and winter. Outdoor kitchens are also a popular item that is easily constructed on or adjacent to your existing patio. This adds a space where you can entertain from, without having to run inside all the time for items. Resurfacing your new outdoor space with Carvestone allows you to match your new floor surface with almost any brick or stone color used for the outdoor kitchen.

Remember, Allied Outdoor Solutions serves Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Ft. Worth Texas.  If you would like more information on transforming your existing concrete patio, please contact us.

 

 

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3 Occasions When You Will Be Glad You Invested in an Outdoor Living Area

As spring rolls around each year, you promise yourself that this is the year you are going to make improvements to your outdoor space and enjoy it. For one reason or another, you put off adding that new patio or outdoor kitchen, and the summer passes you by. This year is the right time to improve your outdoor space with an outdoor living area. With a new outdoor kitchen, patio or fire pit, you can plan some amazing events this summer for your family and friends. Here are three occasions when you will love having an improved space.

 

Fourth of July

This year, celebrate the birth of the country in style with a new outdoor kitchen. You will be able to take your burgers and hotdogs to a whole new level. With an outdoor kitchen, you will have plenty of work area to prepare the sides that go with your meal. If you add an outdoor refrigerator, you will have space to keep easily spoiled items without constantly running in and out of the house.

 

Dinner Party

Invite your favorite friends over to enjoy your new outdoor space. Instead of hosting the dinner party inside, move your party out on to your new deck. If you invest in an outdoor kitchen, you can prepare the food there while visiting with your friends. You will find your friends angling for dinner invitations for the rest of the summer.

 

Kid’s Night

You do not want to leave the youngest members of your family out of the fun. Let your children invite their friends over for an evening of outdoor fun. You can bring out the board games and let the kids play on the new patio or enjoy a pizza cooked in your outdoor kitchen after running around the yard. At the end of the evening, you can start-up the fire pit, and let the kids make their own s’mores.

 

At Allied Outdoor Solutions, we are ready to help you plan your new outdoor space. Contact us today to learn more.

 

 

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