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Three Ideas for Outdoor Living Areas That Add Style And Function

Three Ideas for Outdoor Living Areas That Add Style And Function

Many homeowners invest considerable time and resources into updating a large portion of their home’s interior, and with good reason. After all, your home is your castle, and if you truly want to reap the benefits of a comforting and inviting residence, you must make periodic updates. Often however, homeowners overlook the outdoor living areas when going over their update options. Sure, they address issues with the roof and siding when they become necessary, but what about adding style and function to outdoor spaces beyond those basic necessities? The following are three great ideas for outdoor living areas that add considerable style and function:

  1. Colors and Heat – Don’t be afraid to go bold when choosing accessories for outdoor patios and picnic areas. People tend to want to go neutral indoors because it is a safe option. The outside area is a little different because color goes so well with green grass and the blue sky and yellow sun of a warm summer day. This can easily be achieved with colorful lawn chairs, seat cushions for patio tables, and even a splash of color with various lawn ornaments and wind chimes. Another good idea is to add the warmth of a fire pit as a center piece to the patio. This provides a little added color and style as well, not to mention the function of making chilly winter nights a perfect time for gathering outside with drinks under some blankets
  2. Outdoor Kitchen – Why just have an almost mandatory grill with a few fold-up chairs for an outdoor cooking space when you can have a full-fledged, state-of-the-art kitchen? Think about installing more appliances like a refrigerator, a sink, and even a pizza oven for a little added distinction. Most people who create a second kitchen outdoors realize that it becomes a beautiful centerpiece for outdoor entertainment.
  3. More Living Space – Creating a second living area outdoors can be a wonderful way to add style and function. Set up cozy sofas, comfortable chairs, inviting tables and even decorative lighting in a way that people can gather for a variety of purposes. This way you and your guests are not restricted to being indoors for intimate conversation, friendly card games, and other activities suitable for a living area.

“Allied Outdoor Solutions” has over 25 years of experience in the Texas home improvement market. Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation for your outdoor living area project.

 

 

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New Look with A Carvestone Patio

New Year, New Look with A Carvestone Patio

With the new year, many of us think about the year ahead and what we can do to improve our homes. Are our walkways and driveways looking tired? Have the pool deck and patio seen better days? Is it just time for a change?

When it’s time to upgrade your outdoor environment, here are 5 good reasons to choose carvestone as your concrete overlay option.

Durability. You want your investment to last, and we want our product to look great. An excellent finish comes from a great foundation, so we take as much care with the preparation of the existing surface as we do with the new overlay. We are so sure of this process, we are proud to offer residential owners a 7-year warranty on our product.

Color. With the carvestone process, you can choose the exact mixture you want. Our process allows us to get the color mix to be to the exact one you wish to complement your taste.

Pattern Choice. Whether you want precision squares, random pavers, or a combination of the two, you will get just the style you want with carvestone. All carving work is not by hand, not by form so you can decide the way you want the final finish to look.

Slip Resistance Surface. Carvestone is carved by hand and textured to be non-slip, and we also add non-slip agents into to sealant layer. This makes it an ideal surface for pool decks, patios, and walkways.

Heat Moderation. Everything gets hot in the Texas sun, but the unique properties of the carvestone technique make it a lot cooler than the standard alternatives such as stamped concrete, pavers or painted concrete.

Ready to see how to improve your property? Just contact us to discuss your needs and to arrange a free consultation with one of our expert advisers. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

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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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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.

 

 

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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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Outdoor Patios

Outdoor Patios
Beautify your existing patio without the hassle of messy tear-out.

Revitalize Your Patio’s Surface

Make your friends’ first impression of your home be its best. We can revitalize your front patio with no messy tear-out. A CarveStone coating can give your front patio or back patio a classic look you won’t grow tired of with a surface both comfortable to walk on and beautiful to behold.
Our outdoor patios give the front of your home a fresh look. When you schedule a free estimate with Allied Outdoor Solutions, you can choose a customized stone pattern to match your house and lawn. There are several options for you to choose from, like a square-stone pattern for a formal look or a random flagstone pattern for a rustic flair. The choice is up to you! What’s important to us is implementing your design to achieve a real-stone look that is sure to impress both you and your friends.

Beautify Existing Concrete Without the Mess

With CarveStone coatings, you can beautify your existing concrete with no messy tear-out and no headache. We install most jobs in under a week! Designers and architects have used CarveStone coating world-wide to restore historical buildings in Europe. The reason? CarveStone is a durable, lightweight product that can be applied over concrete, pea gravel, brick, cool deck, tile, and more–so it’s versatile.

Results that Last

Also, designers and architects know that using CarveStone ensures a result that lasts. You don’t need to worry about your crumbling pea gravel or cracked concrete on your porch. CarveStone can add value and style to your yard. Contact us today.

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Testimonials

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

J. Svatek

Watching the transformation of our patio right before our eyes from ugly concrete to what it is now… was amazing!

C. Heberling

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  • No Messy Tear-Outs
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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!

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

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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.

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CarveStone a Better Choice than Stamped Concrete

Adding to your home’s curb appeal can augment the enjoyment of your outdoor living space. However, cracked and slippery surfaces can devalue the experience of having a beautiful outdoor patio, driveway or pool deck. Some try methods such as stamped concrete to improve their outdoor area; however, they present issues such as unrealistic stone surfaces and can involve messy tear outs. If you are looking for long-lasting value, no messy tear outs and want to be able to custom design your outdoor living area, then choose Carvestone from Allied Outdoor Solutions as the ultimate outdoor coating.

Allied Outdoor Solutions has an experienced crew of workers who have completed hundreds of concrete resurfacing projects and treat each project as if it were a work of art. Driveways, pool decks and outdoor patios can be made to match the personality of your home, which is very important to homeowners who place so much of themselves into making their homes beautiful. Carvestone is light years ahead of other options like stamped concrete due to several reasons. First, it is twice as strong as concrete with a 5800 PSI rating, which is more durable than stamped concrete which only has about a 3500 PSI rating. Also, it is able to retain its beauty for a long period of time. Some of our customers used Carvestone for their driveways and it has lasted as long as 13 years and is still going strong. You can drive cars over it, trucks, RVs or whatever and it will hold up.

Being 100 percent customizable is another appealing option about Carvestone for those who want to put their own sense of style into beautifying their concrete. It also has the look and feel of real stone because we use actual quarried limestone. People who do not know you have Carvestone will not be able to tell the difference. Also, Carvestone is nowhere as near as slippery as stamped concrete. We trowel Carvestone by hand and use sponges to help give it more texture, thus making your outdoor area safer. This is especially important for customers seeking pool deck resurfacing, since pools decks have an increased potential for slipping. Most importantly of all, there are no messy tear outs with Carvestone. You do not have to deal with heavy construction going on in your backyard or driveway while having Carvestone installed. Carvestone is so reliable that even Randy Lemmon of KTRH’s “Gardenline” says it is the perfect solution.

Concrete coating in Houston has never been easier or more practical than it is with Allied Outdoor Solutions and Carvestone. Our commitment to you is second to none because we aim to achieve satisfaction in any and all aspects of your concrete beautifying project. If you are in need of a new look for your outdoor area, call Allied Outdoor Solutions today for our expert concrete coating services before you try stamped concrete or another method. They are also longtime members of the Better Business Bureau. You can find more information here and see pictures here.


Gorgeous Carvestone Trumps Stamped Concrete Every Time!


Being a homeowner means having the freedom to choose how to surface your outdoor spaces. But if you’re looking for a durable and budget-friendly solution that will have the appearance of real stone, then stamped concrete is not the best solution out there. In fact, you’ll be much better off with choosing Carvestone concrete coating as this superior surfacing solution will unlock numerous benefits that you’ll be sure to love!


There Are Better Solutions Than Stamped Concrete


If you are considering renovating your driveway, patio, or pool deck area, and are contemplating the use of stamped concrete you should know that there are better solutions available at competitive prices, that will perform better, last longer, and have the stunningly beautiful look and feel of real stone.

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Outdoor Living Areas for the Coming New Year: The Aesthetic Difference with a Pergola

Outdoor Living Areas for the Coming New Year: The Aesthetic Difference with a Pergola

An outdoor living area needs a design for year-round use, and a pergola provides the promise of this through the winter, spring, or summer. If you don’t know what a pergola is, it’s somewhat like a patio cover, except it’s more open on top and focuses on a unique aesthetic for personal stylization. While they do provide some shade from the sun during the summer, the open spaces accommodate more elaborate architectural design. But they leave room for customization for use during other seasons.

With winter now here, a pergola can still be used as a great place to entertain your guests. And in the spring, when blooms are out in your garden, consolidation with your pergola is easily done in one unique way.

Using a Pergola Through the Seasons

Through the winter, customization is always possible with your pergola thanks to its open space on the top and the sides. Many people now connect curtains to their pergola to provide protection from the weather, plus privacy. By using a UV-protected canopy on the top of the pergola, you’re also protected from the rain and snow when you want to use it for a space to do holiday entertaining.

While you’ll love your pergola in the winter, spring will bring even more enjoyment since you can grow vines and other plants around the support beams. This adds a whole other layer of customization that makes entertaining outdoors a unique experience. Imagine being able to enjoy the blooms of plants around the sides of your pergola as a curtain provided by nature.

Then, in the summer, it turns into a great place to relax and add unique style to your backyard area. For many confused on what designates a patio cover from a pergola, the latter is strictly about open design for a classy look. Designs are easily made differently depending on personal style, which makes the pergola such a popular choice for so many backyards.

contact us here at Allied Outdoor Solutions in the new year so we can help build a pergola for you to enjoy through 2015. Made with durable materials, you’ll be able to use your pergola for a long time as the new popular alternative to how people use their patio spaces.

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5 Reasons You Need Carvestone Concrete Overlay for Your Home

Here are the top 5 Reasons You Need Carvestone Concrete Overlay for Your Home

If you are considering doing some upgrades to your home, you may want to think about ways that you can add more curb appeal. Customized exterior improvements are a great way to do this. Unique Carvestone concrete overlay for walkways, porches and entrances can make a huge impact on your home’s appearance. Here are five reasons you should consider this popular exterior improvement.

Concrete Overlays Add Interest

Unlike traditional concrete, Carvestone overlays allow you to add your own unique flair to your home. There are a huge number of color and style choices that simply cannot be accomplished any other way. Most concrete applications are simply sprayed or stamped on, but Carvestone overlays are hand-crafted. Since each project is carved, colored and grouted by hand, your home will be truly unique from your neighbors.

Concrete Overlays Add Value

Not only do concrete overlays add interest and elegance to your entrance, patio or other outdoor areas of your home, they also add value. A home with beautiful landscaping is always more desirable and yields a higher price on the market. Not only that, but the ability to use the space adds daily living value to the home for you and your family.

Concrete Overlays Cover Minor Flaws

If the concrete paths, walkways and porches around your home have been through a few season changes, it will likely show cracks, missing chunks and uneven areas. Although repairs do help to regain the structural integrity, they don’t always match up the best. With Carvestone concrete overlays, you don’t have to look at those unsightly patches any longer, because they will be completely covered by a warm, natural looking surface.

Carvestone Concrete Overlays are Rugged

Carvestone is tough, in fact, it’s nearly twice as strong as concrete. That means it’s long-lasting and durable and it also comes with a full 7 year warranty. However, if anything does happen to go wrong with your concrete overlay, Carvestone is also easy to repair. Unlike other concrete overlay surfaces, any repairs will never be seen.

Carvestone Has A Natural Look

For a unique, durable beauty, Carvestone is made with crushed limestone and natural-quarried quartz. You get a realistic stone appearance that is not equaled by any other concrete overlay surface. In fact, no one will ever guess that it’s concrete, not stone, lining your walk. It’s that convincing.

To talk more about concrete overlays and how the Carvestone system can help you create the look and feel you want for your home, please contact us. Our experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Concrete Overlay and Carvestone in Houston, Austin, and Dallas, TX

Concrete Overlay and Carvestone in Houston, Austin, and Dallas, TX