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Carvestone vs Stamped Concrete

Carvestone vs Stamped Concrete

 

 

As you can see from the above photos, both Carvestone and stamped concrete are solutions that can beautify any area around your home.  When we visit your residence for a free consultation we can offer professional advice to ensure your needs and wants are filled ensuring we fit you with the right solution.  A common misconception between these two hardscapes is that stamped concrete and Carvestone are one in the same.  While they have some similarities, they are unique as you can see from the photo we shared with you above. The good news is that we offer both solutions.  

 

Here are common ways that they are different:  

 

Their name says it all, stamped concrete is concrete with a decorative design installed by highly experienced crews. Carvestone is a proprietary product that only  Allied Outdoor Solutions offers that is a decorative limestone and quartz overlay.

 

About Stamped Concrete: Concrete is a mixture of cement, water, and an aggregate (sand, gravel or rock). Stamped concrete needs a set of wood forms.  The wood forms contain the concrete and the concrete will take the shape of the forms both in size and shape.   Concrete forms are typically wood 2x4s along with forming/flexible boards.  Using these wood forms Allied Outdoor Solutions can create the desired outdoor space for you. After your project has been formed we will start to place steel rods inside of your forms known as rebar.  There are many sizes of rebar and we use 3/8-inch rebar and place them on 18-inch centers.  This provides the structural integrity with which ensures a long lasting concrete pour of a patio, driveway, or walkway.

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions can bring your concrete from the mixing truck to the work-site a number of ways.  A few common ways we use are by wheelbarrow, pump truck or a motorized machine better known as a Georgia buggy. After we pour the concrete into the forms.  It will then be bull floated which causes the concrete’s cream to rise to the surface. We do this to ensure the ideal surface to finish the concrete in the desired pattern and color you have chosen with your dedicated project manager.   

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions does not use integral color; we use a topical color known as color hardener because it allows us to have a more consistent finish on the surface. You will see us using a physical rubber stamp to get the desired design you have chosen in advance.  Your new stamped concrete project can be walked on in about 24 to 48 hours. 

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions installs all hardscape options but only recommends the one that best fits your needs.  You can rely on your project consultant to guide you to the right solution and your dedicated project manager to bring to life a space you can enjoy for years to come. 

 

Contact us for more great tips to set up an outdoor living area which will encourage you to spend more time outdoors.

 

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Should I Install Pavers or Stamped Concrete?

We’re often asked the question of “What’s better pavers or stamped concrete?.” The short answer is that “better” is relative. Stamped concrete would be the lower cost decorative option. It can provide a custom look and transform any space almost immediately. There are two major limitations with a decorative concrete application. First, it requires a biennial sealant be applied and, because of this, in the end, some of the cost savings can actually be given back over time. Second, a decorative concrete application is still a slab of concrete and all of the inherent issues in slabs of concrete could create issues as your surface ages. Items like cosmetic cracking, topically applied color, significant cracking caused by outside forces like tree roots and those pesky expansion joints could still be a source of frustration moving forward.

The paver system provides a significant level of improvement at a moderately higher cost. It is an independent, repairable system. Like decorative concrete, there are dozens of choices stylistically to ensure you receive a product that belongs in your space. And while no installation is maintenance free, the paver system, generally speaking, is a much more durable, longer-lasting application. Instead of being placed on compacted dirt as is true in concrete applications, the proper paver system consists of 4-6” of stabilized cementicious material along with a layer of bedding sand. Instead of grout as is typically used in tile and stone applications, a paver system is installed with polymeric sand. This product allows for more flexion and less cracking than is standard in a cement-based mortar product. Another difference is the color. The color is baked into the paver and, because the initial look of a paver is more weathered to begin with, the paver is likely to age more gracefully than any competing decorative concrete products.

So, back to the original question….Which is better? It’s not a fair fight as a paver is truly the most durable solution on the market. If short-term money and a quick fix are the chief concerns, a stamped concrete application may make the most sense. Under nearly every other circumstance, go with a paver.

 

 

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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.

 

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Carvestone Pool Deck in Houston Texas

 

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Overlay for your Driveway: A Great Way To Enhance The Look Of Your Home

Overlay for your Driveway: A Great Way To Enhance The Look Of Your Home


Overlay for your Driveway… Allied Outdoor Solutions has many options.

When you own a home, there are many different areas to take care of. But one area that you should definitely not ignore is your driveway. Having an outdated, beaten up, and distressed driveway can easily affect the overall appearance of your home. That’s why you should consider overlay on driveways in order to make your home look newer and greatly increase its curb appeal with a fresh-looking driveway.

If your driveway looks shabby, it’s going to affect your home. This could be especially important if you are trying to either make your home look nicer or if you are trying to sell your home. On the other hand, a new-looking driveway will not only make your house look better, but will also have your driveway function better.

Overlay for your Driveway

Why concrete overlay?

Replacing an entire driveway can be a long and tedious process. So why not consider an alternative that will have your driveway looking brand-new with only a fraction of the time and the cost? Additionally, an overlay will make your driveway a showpiece of your home. If you have a hard time envisioning what your driveway could look like, then take a moment to look at our previous work.

At Allied Outdoor Solutions, we will take your driveway from shabby to chic. It’s important to have a good-looking and functional driveway, and with an overlay, we’ll be able to achieve just that. So if you want to make your house and driveway stand out, you should consider a driveway overlay. To learn more about our process and products, please contact us.

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Resurface Your Walkway

Resurface Your Walkway For Your Visitors’ Sake

Are you starting to get bored by the dull appearance of your concrete walkway? Then maybe it’s time to resurface your walkway.

Your walkway is what visitors first encounter when stopping by at your house, and there’s only one chance to make a first impression. Instead of having them walk up to your house on a run-of-the-mill concrete walkway, improve the general beauty of your home  by beautifying your walkway, so that they will be duly impressed and will enter your house with raised spirits.

Your walkway may even be chipped and broken, which can lead to your visitors tripping or stumbling on your walkway, something you definitely do not want.

By resurfacing your walkway with Carvestone, which is made of natural limestone, you can choose from a variety of colors with which to improve the appearance of your front lawn. You also have the option of choosing between various patterns and styles, so that your walkway will be perfectly customized to your taste. Carvestone will not easily be chipped or damaged. It is made with quartz, one of the strongest existing minerals.

We resurface walkways, and we can improve your day by giving your house a whole new look with your beautiful Carvestone walkway.

If you are fed up with encountering the same boring black concrete walkway each day when you walk out the door in the morning, we have just the perfect solution for you. Contact us for more information, and we will be glad to help you out.

 

 

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Invest in a Driveway Overlay to Improve Your Forever Home

Invest in a Driveway Overlay to Improve Your Forever Home

When you know you will live in your home forever, you should be willing to make improvements that have a large impact on your homeowner experience. However, you should also aim to get a great value.

While there are many projects worth investing in, you should not pass up an opportunity to get a driveway overlay, which can substantially improve the overall quality of your home.

Add Attractiveness to the Space

Although a driveway does not have to be attractive to be effective, you cannot go wrong with a beautiful driveway, especially when it is the first detail that you and other people see when looking at your home.

A brand-new driveway overlay will easily make your property more attractive, especially when you let professionals use their knowledge and expertise to choose a color and style that match your home.

Fix a Struggling Driveway

When your driveway is not in the best condition, you generally want to get it fixed. It might be a project that you want to consider taking on after a few years, but fixing it right away will provide you with a more pleasant experience each time you look outside or come home from an outing.

Make a Good Impression

One of the most crucial parts of being a happy homeowner is having a beautiful home that fits your personal wants and needs. A high-quality driveway looks great in person, which provides you with an outstanding opportunity to show off the property to your family, friends, and neighbors.

Smoother and Safer Surface

With a new driveway, you do not have to worry about cracks or imperfections that could lead to damaged tires or a person tripping and falling. It is essential to make your home as safe as possible, and you can accomplish this by investing in professional help for a new driveway overlay.

If you have any questions or want to learn more, contact us today.

 

 

 

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Concrete Resurfacing for your Walkways

Concrete Resurfacing – Houston, Dallas, Austin


Your concrete sidewalks and other walkways are second only to your driveway in the amount of traffic they see. Often, they are treated with salts in the winter months as well as other harsh and abrasive cleaners. All that wear and tear from daily traffic and chemical abuse can have a huge toll on your walkways. You could start seeing abrasions, stains, cracking, and eventual freeze thaw damage. However, the good news is the damage is typically only superficial and it’s possible to easily restore your high traffic walkways while avoiding the costly measures of having to remove and replace the walkway. This being possible by the use of a concrete overlay coating, such as carvestone.

Concrete Resurfacing for your Walkways in Houston, Dallas, and Austin, TX.

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.

Consider Carvestone

Carvestone was developed in 1992 as a concrete coating that would have the appearance and feel of real stone, but with all the benefits of concrete. Originally, carvestone was used to restore historical buildings due to its durability and the ease at which it can be tooled and colored to match any layout. Carvestone is a blend of concretes and minerals, such as limestone and quartz, and provides a strong and durable coating that won’t wear down or crack under normal circumstances. If it does crack, however, repairs are not only quick and easy but virtually unnoticeable!

Carvestone is a great option and can transform your backyard.

Our Projects

Each carvestone project we do is treated as a work of art. Our carvestone is hand tooled into the shapes or patterns you think would best suit your space; no stencils, no stones, and no tape required. It is also hand colored using a wide variety of shades to choose from. Our projects are guaranteed slip and chip resistant, durable, and one of a kind. Each one comes with a seven year warranty, and not because we ever see anything actually go wrong with the projects, but because we want our customers to know they’re in good hands.

If you want a beautiful one of a kind treatment for your concrete walkway that lasts, consider our carvestone treatments. If you would like to know more or see our gallery of examples, feel free to contact us.

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Make a Difference in Your Patio with Houston Pavers


  • Many Colors, Shapes, Sizes Available
  • Low Maintenance
  • No Cracking, Less Absorbent
  • Strong, Long-Lasting

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.

Patio Pavers in Houston from Houston Pavers Enhance your Outdoor Living Space!

Getting patio pavers for Houston homes can enhance the beauty of anyone’s residence. Houston Pavers will install pavers for patios that match your home’s décor as well as your taste. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, so you can custom make your own design. Their strength and durability practically eliminates the need for maintenance and you will never have to worry about cracking. They also are less absorbent. Since pavers are so strong (up to 3,000 psi), you can park your car, truck, RV or SUV on them and they will still last for years.
You can find more information here.

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What Is Stamped Concrete

What Is Stamped Concrete?


Stamped concrete is the type of concrete that you probably see a lot of the time when you are out in public going shopping, or just taking a walk with your dog out in the park. The “stamped” part in “stamped concrete” is exactly what it sounds like.

How is Stamped Concrete Installed?


The first step in creating stamped concrete is pouring the concrete and making it the base color that you want. Then, an accent color is added to the flat concrete to give it a little flair. After those couple things are done, it is then time for the stamping of the concrete. The concrete is literally stamped with tools that are made to make the concrete into whatever stamped design you picked out. All of this is, of course, done by the wonderful workers at Allied Outdoor Solutions in Houston, Texas.

When choosing a design for your stamped concrete, there will always be multiple design choices for you as far as the eye can see. Stamped concrete can be made to mimic the beautiful designs of brick, flagstone, stone, wood, tile, and many upon many other patterns and textures, its all up to you what you want in your stamped concrete. Stamped concrete can be used in many different places and for lots of different things, including; pool decks, sidewalks, patios, and driveways in the more prestigious neighborhoods.

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.

How Much is Stamped Concrete?

Because stamped concrete is only made to look like all of the patterns and textures that were mentioned above, it is not nearly as expensive as the actual patterns and textures of the wood, tile, brick, etc, etc.
Stamped concrete is always a very good option when choosing what kind of flooring you want for your interior design, or even outdoor use. Stamped concrete is more commonly used for outdoor places, but it is perfectly alright to have it inside of a building as well. No matter where the stamped concrete is, it will always be a beautiful and awesome touch to any outdoor or indoor place.

Stamped Concrete in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio does not have to mean tearing up your whole backyard or driveway and you can have something that will last longer and look better as well. For more on stamped concrete in Houston, call us today at 1-800-GO-STONE.

Who Better to Call than Allied Outdoor Solutions?

No one in the Houston area has quite the concrete flooring abilities as the Allied Outdoor Solutions company, or as nice employees. The workers at Allied Outdoor Solutions are always reasonable and flexible when it comes to working at a time that is alright for you, and will always give you the best options for what stamped concrete that you want.

If you are looking for a snazzy new type of flooring or are looking into obtaining a fashionable new pool deck, driveway, or anything that you could possibly want, Allied Outdoor Solutions is the place to go.