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Why Carvestone is the Right Choice for Texas Outdoor Living Areas

The handcrafted Carvestone overlay is a perfect choice for active families in Central and Southeast Texas planning outdoor living areas. This 1/4 – 3/8″ overlay is versatile, unique, durable and safety conscious which is just the right mix for years of happy outdoor entertaining.

Carvestone’s slip resistant manufacturing process and non-skid finishing agent make outdoor kitchen spills less of a worry. Coordinating Carvestone wall panels enhance the sophisticated appearance of outdoor cooking spaces. Quick clean up makes it easy to spend more time enjoying the outdoors than cooped up inside during meal prep.

The texture of Carvestone overlay makes it wonderful for pool areas as well. After deep cleaning any existing concrete or pool coping, Allied Outdoor Solutions will apply a specialty bonding coat. Once cured this bonding coat becomes the base for the hand troweled, hand carved, Carvestone overlay. Adding a pergola is a great way to showcase a poolside oasis. With the focus taken off of slippery tile, homeowners can spend more time relaxing in the shade while the kids play.

Fire features are another great place to enjoy a Carvestone patio. With a strength rating of 5800 PSI, this beautiful overlay is considerably stronger than concrete. It is also easily repaired if it is accidentally chipped or cracked. Professional technicians take the time to grind out the affected area, repair the mar so that it will live up to the 7 year warranty standards, and then recolor so that it is virtually invisible against the existing area. Keeping enough wood on hand for long, relaxing evenings under the stars is a lot easier when a load can be driven right up to the storage area.

The hand carved and carefully crafted Carvestone overlay treatment can do wonders for a drab back yard. Applying it over existing concrete or brick is often a good solution for remodeling projects. New hardscapes also lay well over pea gravel. The large range of color combinations and design options allow for a wide variety of unique designs that compliment existing structures and landscaping. Contact us to find out how Allied Outdoor Solutions can help you turn your yard into the perfect outdoor living space.

 

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Stamped Concrete Pool Deck

Stamped Concrete Pool Deck


Almost everyone in the United States, especially in the South, has been beating the summer heat in their nice swimming pool in the backyard. Some people have a pool deck, some do not. Those who have either no pool deck or a paved pool deck, most likely wish that they could have a stamped concrete pool deck.

Here you will learn the differences in paved and stamped concrete, and why you should always choose Allied Outdoor Solutions in Houston, Texas to take care of all your stamped concrete needs.

When we saw your ad in the magazine, we knew that we had found what we were looking for, but when we saw it applied in person, we were blown away!

We love the versatility of your product. Your ability to create the pattern and color that we wanted really made our decision easy.

Your product has the look of real stone, but has the unique ability to be crafted into virtually any design and color, a great combination.

What Is Stamped Concrete?

Stamped concrete is never to be mistaken for paved concrete. Though they look almost similar, there are some differences that you will learn , in order to differentiate and decide what kind of concrete it is that you are wanting for your pool deck. Stamped concrete is a very beautiful and very unique style of concrete. It is typically seen in normal driveways or sidewalks. Stamped concrete is the type of concrete that you will typically find in nice outdoor places such as parks, downtown, outdoor malls, etc.

Stamped concrete is a type of concrete that is patterned and textured or embossed to resemble textures such as brick, slate, stone, tile, wood, flagstone, and many other various textures and patterns that you’ve most likely seen somewhere out in public. Stamped concrete is most commonly used for things and places like patios, driveways, sidewalks, interior flooring, and last but most certainly not least, pool decks. In the way that stamped concrete can resemble all of these other types of flooring, having stamped concrete instead of those actual materials for your flooring can save you a lot of money in the long run, which is always a plus!

The way that stamped concrete is made is pretty cool to watch. There are three main procedures that go on in the making of stamped concrete. The first procedure is to add a base color, which will be the overall color of the entirety of the stamped concrete. Then, an accent color is added wherever it is desired onto the concrete. Then, the last step is to stamp the design into the concrete, to give it that nice style and flair.

If you need something that is worth the effort, last a long time, looks great and involves no messy tear outs, choose Carvestone from Allied Outdoor Solutions. For more on getting a concrete overlay job from us, call 1-800-GO-STONE.

Why Stamped Concrete?

Stamped concrete is always the best option when deciding on what to do for a pool deck. Stamped concrete is beautiful, and can give your backyard a personality all of its own. When it comes to stamped concrete or even just the usual smooth concrete, Allied Outdoor Solutions is always the name to remember. You can find more information here and see pictures here.

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“I saw a backyard in Houston that looked like the Palace of Versailles, and the entire place was done by Allied Outdoor Solutions.”
– Michael Berry, News Radio 740

Our Process

Because outdoor living projects can go so many directions, there is no single route for arriving at the backyard you want. The first step in our free estimating process, however, is for one of our project consultants to meet you at your house. Our goal for this initial visit is to understand your vision for your backyard, and that vision can be almost limitless. Our project consultants go through rigorous training to assist you no matter the direction you choose to go, and they bring an iPad filled with pictures of completed projects in case you need a few ideas. From that point, some projects are simple and require very few decisions up front; some require several meetings, rendered drawings, and hours of preparation before a quote can even be given. Regardless, Allied handles the project from cradle to grave: whether it’s HOA, permitting, or helping with specific design aspects, you can count on Allied’s experience to complete the process and build the backyard you’ve always wanted. Our goal throughout the process, no matter the size, is to make sure you see your dream become a reality.


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Allied Outdoor Solutions - Build Your Dream Outdoor Living Area

The Outdoor Living division at Allied Outdoor Solutions completes a wide variety of projects: we custom build patio covers, pergolas, summer kitchens, fire features, water features and anything else that can be dreamt up. We can custom-build anything with any finish necessary to ensure the new project complements the already unique features of your home. Your project could be tied in to the house or freestanding; it could incorporate stucco, natural stone, ledgestone, travertine, granite, or Silestone; your floors could be an overlay, pavers, concrete, or wood decking; and the structure itself could be built with cedar, aluminum, treated lumber or hardi- products. Given our wide-range of expertise and resources, rest assured we can work with you each step of the way to build your personal tastes into each layer of the project.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our goal is to get you pricing at the completion of the initial visit. Due to the complexity of certain projects, though, it can sometimes take a few days to get you accurate pricing. Typically, pricing and drawings (if necessary) will be back to you within a week.

That is a difficult question to answer. Some of our projects can be completed within a week of the start date but that is not the norm. Most of our projects can be completed within a few weeks but it can take longer than that as well. Things like inspections, permitting, HOA, scheduling delays and design changes can slow us down during the project. Quite frankly, while respecting your time and property, we’d rather take a little longer and get it right. Rest assured, you will be given a projected timeline and then communicated thoroughly the whole way through.

We have a variety of ways that this can happen. Often times, homeowners are able to select materials used on the job from our iPads but sometimes more is required. We will meet you at a stone yard, deliver samples to your house or whatever else is necessary for you to make your decisions.

Yes. We maintain general liability insurance to make sure you are covered. We handle the gathering of all required permitting, scheduling of any inspections and the entire HOA application process as well. Our goal is to make this a much simpler process than you anticipate.

It’s understandable to feel some reservations when a project ties in to your home. But that’s why you chose Allied: first, you know we’ve already done the work to find contractors who will correctly handle the difficult, technical sides of your construction project; second, you know we honor our workmanship warranty. In other words, we don’t anticipate a leak; but if there is one, we’re the company you want addressing that situation, too.  

Every outdoor living project we complete comes with a one year workmanship warranty, which is a guarantee that the installation will meet our internal standards. In some cases, product lines may come with an additional manufacturer’s warranty, which warrants against defects in the materials themselves. These manufacturer’s warranties vary in length, and can be discussed with your consultant.

We can use anything from Viking to Wolf to RCS but we prefer to use Coyote. We feel that they provide the best value, a great look and a dependable product.

Absolutely. We have several “standard” packages available and we can also construct a custom landscape design for your space. We offer a great variety of different plants and trees specifically suited to fit the needs of our customers in both Texas and in Arizona. As a design/build firm, we will not only provide the plants but will also provide the installation of your gardening elements.