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How is Carvestone different from a paver solution?

How is Carvestone different from a paver solution?

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions installs all hardscape options in order to deliver the best option for our clients needs .  Two hardscape options that our project consultants get asked to differentiate between are Carvestone and pavers.   It makes sense that we are asked to clarify the difference because both Carvestone and pavers can be used for driveways, walkways, pool decks and patios. Both Carvestone and pavers are wonderful solutions for a new space or updating an existing space that may be out-of-style, too small or damaged. Both options come in a variety of different shapes, patterns, colors and textures. Most importantly, they are both long term solutions that deliver results our clients love.  We have outlined the major differences as you navigate the best hardscape option for you:

 

Visual design differences:

  • Pavers have pre-set patterns and color options made by a manufacturer in advance
  • Carvestone patterns and color options are 100% customizable with endless options made on-site

 

Installation Similaries:

  • In certain circumstances, and with the guidance of your Allied Outdoor Solutions project consultant, you may not require demolition of your existing surface. In many cases we can overlay existing concrete with pavers or Carvestone.  This includes but is not limited to patios, walkways, driveways, and pool decks.
  • In addition, your project consultant can show you how we can overlay most coping with either pavers or carvestone and make it look original.  

 

Possible Installation Differences:

 

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  • Allied Outdoor Solutions is ICPI certified which means we are held to the highest standards on our paver installations and we work hard to keep this certification each year.  The way pavers are installed this way is based on the following: First, we remove the existing hardscape (if needed) and then excavate down another 4”-6”. The depth is built back up using stabilizing sand and crushed concrete. We then will spread a layer of bedding sand for the pavers to nestle down into and level. There will be concrete edge around the perimeter of the project to ensure longevity. Once the pavers are laid and toe poured a broadcast of polymeric sand will be used to fill the joints. The entire paver system is roughly 8”-10” from stabilized base to top of your new pavers.
  • Carvestone is only applied on top of a structurally sound concrete substrate which means we need to pour new concrete or we can go on top of your existing pool deck, patio or driveway.  

 

Maintenance differences:

  • Pavers: do not require to be re-sealed, but are also subject to the elements and absorption of its surroundings.  Your polymeric sand will need to be replaced which is found in the joints of your pavers.
  • Carvestone:  we suggest that every two to three years you re-seal to ensure the beauty of your project . A dedicated re-seal team member from Allied Outdoor Solutions will contact you to remind you every 2 years and assist you in the process of resealing.

Warranty differences:

  • Concrete pavers provide a lifetime warranty on the materials and 2 year workmanship warranty on concrete pavers and travertine.
  • Carvestone provides a seven-year warranty on the chipping and delamination of the surface covered.

 

 

Your dedicated project consultant will listen to your vision and then assist you in designing a solution to fit your needs and budget with the products that fit your space best.  Then our dedicated production team that consists of schedulers, a dedicated project manager to your project will bring your project to life for you to make memories that you have been dreaming of for years.  Take the first step and schedule a free consultation.

 

 

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Get Your Pool More Use with a Few New Backyard Additions

Get Your Pool More Use with a Few New Backyard Additions

 

While raising a family and living in a rental, you may have learned about all the home features that your household wants and needs. If a pool showed up on the list of wants for everyone in your family, you may have made sure to buy a house that came with a pool already installed.

Although your family may enjoy using the pool often, you may also know that the surrounding area is lacking, which can make your pool the only desirable feature in the backyard. This is when you should consider investing in a few new backyard additions to act as outdoor living areas.

Pool Deck Extension

When you have a small pool deck, you may only be comfortable with using the space to get in and out of the water. But, you should consider a pool deck extension in which you expand the paved area so that you can set up a patio furniture set and lounge chairs around the space.

Patio Space

While the pool deck extension will give you a place for your family to sit, relax, eat, and socialize, you may not want all backyard activity to happen around the pool. An easy solution is to build a patio with a solid cover so that you can provide guaranteed shade for your family to enjoy.

To make the pool and patio feel connected, you will have several options such as connecting them with a walkway or building the patio close enough that it blends in with the pool deck.

Fire Pit

To top off the string of backyard additions, you can add a fire pit around the patio or pool. If you want to warm up after leaving the pool, all you will need to do is head to the fire pit. You can add paving throughout the fire pit area to make the space easy to furnish and to reduce fire risk.

Contact us if you would like to learn more about adding these features to your yard.

 

 

Old Pool Patio Falling Short? Allied Outdoor Solutions has the Answer

Old Pool Patio Falling Short? Allied Outdoor Solutions has the Answer

 

The summer season is here. Family and friends are seeking out your outdoor pool and living space as the perfect escape to beat the heat of summer days. The pool is pristine and ready for the season. The furniture is stylish and functional. Unfortunately, it is impossible to ignore the tired look that old and weathered pool patio gives an outdoor space. But how to fix it? Tearing it out and starting from scratch isn’t the only option; it may not even be the best option. It is time to consider an overlay.

With an overlay, it is not necessary to demolish an existing patio to get the refresh it deserves. Allied Outdoor Solutions specializes in a carvestone overlay that will provide the perfect solution to any outdoor living space in need of an upgrade. When installing our carvestone overlay, we use the current patio surface to create the new look and style, as opposed to a time-consuming demolition and replacement. As long as there is a solid foundation, there are multiple types of patio surfaces on which an overlay is an option. These include concrete, pea gravel, cool deck, and brick pool copings.

From the beginning, our consultants are diligent in ensuring compatibility with existing patio surfaces, thus successful application. In the design process, we work to ensure the finished product perfectly complements your outdoor style. Once the project is complete, you can expect a quality patio surface that will last for seasons to come. More than that, our carvestone overlay is more durable and safer than standard concrete patio surfaces. Carvestone surfaces are twice as strong as concrete, with strengths of up to 6,000 PSI. We also take extra measures to ensure our surfaces are more slip resistant. We consider the texture, and also utilize a non-skid agent in our sealer.

It’s time to celebrate the beginning of long, lazy summer days in the perfect outdoor space. We are equipped with the solution for your worn pool patio, and are ready to give it the update it deserves. Contact the professionals at Allied Outdoor Solutions, and get started today!

 

Turn Your Houston, Texas Outdoor Living Space into Your Own Personalized Paradise

Turn Your Houston, Texas Outdoor Living Space into Your Own Personalized Paradise

 

Are you a Houston homeowner looking to enhance your outdoor living space?  If so, then we are the team for you.  Here at Allied Outdoor Solutions we offer a full lineup of outdoor living areas that will not only provide you with a new setting for all those family gatherings and parties, but will also add to the overall value of your Houston, Texas home as well.

From kitchens and patios to pergolas and fire pits, to name a few, we take pride in adding style, design and charm to your homes and your backyard.  The team here at Allied Outdoor Solutions works right alongside of you in creating your new fully functional outdoor living space.  With a new outdoor kitchen and patio, you can enjoy enhanced space and comfort when hosting all your backyard festivities and events.

Our highly skilled and trained contractors have the commitment, experience, dedication and know-how needed to help you design and create the perfect outdoor living area for your home and family.  Specializing in elegant Carvestone, whatever your choices, whatever your options, rest assured we have got you covered.

Outdoor living areas give that added special touch to your backyard.  They personalize your experience and are an element of your own personality.  Our contractors are steadfast in designing and building your customized outdoor living space, whether a kitchen and patio, or even a stylish fire pit to accent your home’s existing décor while adding luxury, curb appeal and value to your home.

With years of experience in interior and exterior home remodeling services, the folks here at Allied Outdoor Solutions stand ready to serve your every need.  Summer has arrived so what better time of year to put your outdoor living space project into motion.  To learn more about our top-rated services and our specialized outdoor living area designs, contact us and schedule your free consultation today.  We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the best all round outdoor living additions this side of Texas!

 

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Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas

 

 

Why concrete overlay is the right choice?

Why concrete overlay is the right choice?

 

While a concrete overlay may not always be the correct application, there are many scenarios where it is the perfect choice. A few quick checkpoints which could rule out an overlay.

  • Is your concrete severely cracked? A concrete overlay can often work around some minor cracking but if your concrete has experienced significant movement, it is unlikely to be the right application for you.
  • Does the area you’d like to improve has existing concrete? Because a concrete overlay requires a solid concrete base, it generally makes the most sense when the great majority of the area is already in place. Small areas can be added but if the project requires too much new concrete, an overlay will likely lose its efficiency.
  • Is drainage an issue you are trying to solve? Because an overlay is approximately ¼”, it is not capable of correcting poor drainage.

Now that I have briefly described some of the limitations, let me dig into the benefits:

  • There is no messy tear out. An overlay is like the icing on the cake. If you currently have a high-quality concrete slab, an overlay can generally be applied to the surface in just a few short days. And without the need for heavy equipment, it is often far less invasive to your lawn and landscape.
  • An overlay can often be used without creating trip hazards. In areas where your concrete is adjacent to other surfaces (i.e. drains, skimmer baskets, other hardscapes, door thresholds, coping, etc.) the concrete can be feathered to leave you a surface that is almost flush with your existing elements. The thickness can also help supply a high-end look on patios without enough space to install a traditional hardscape product.
  • You’ll have a large influence on the final product. Unlike manufactured products such as stone or pavers, many overlays actually allow you to select the design and color that best suits your specific, unique space. You can select a pattern that creates a cohesive design flow with the interior of your home while selecting a color which will perfectly complement the landscaping and construction materials already existing in your yard. In most cases, an overlay can allow you to update your space while making it look like it was done at the same time as the rest of your space.
  • Cost savings over traditional options. While overlay products can have substantial variation in price depending on the material itself and your market, they generally present a more cost-effective solution that other hardscape materials. Products like travertine, stone, pavers, decorative concrete and porcelain will almost universally be more expensive. Many times, the savings from selecting an overlay solution can be used to update other areas such as the pool finish, coping, landscape and more.
  • Overlays are generally more repairable than slab options. If something impacts the surface of a concrete slab, it can be extremely difficult to repair without leaving obvious scarring from the repair work. In many cases, an overlay can be re-manipulated so that the space looks whole one again.

Is an overlay the right application for you? If all of the above information marries up with the desire you have for your space, it just might be. Call a local expert and see what they think. One thing I know for sure: you’ll be blow away by some of the options available today. In the 80’s and 90’s you would see plain (boring?) overlay applications such as cool decking. Today, we have hand-crafted, custom stone finishes that will leave you wondering how a cementitious product could be made to look like real stone!

 

 

 

 

Get Ready to Entertain with Your New Outdoor Living Areas

Summer will be here before you know it. Warm weather and longer days will sneak in when you aren’t looking. Weekend cookouts and pool parties will become the norm, and many an evening will be spent outside sipping lemonade and watching the sun go down. 

Outdoor living areas can enhance your summer experience in many ways. Whether you are a summer chef, a fish at heart, or an observer, your summer will be improved by some simple backyard adjustments. Here are a few of the ways you can change up your yard to make it perfect for you.

 

 

Resurfaced Pool Deck

No backyard pool is complete without a nice surrounding surface. A beautiful new surface surrounding the water makes for a much prettier and enjoyable backyard landscape. Add some chairs, a grill, and a table for the perfect summertime hangout.

Fire Pit

Everyone loves late summer nights sitting around a fire. Campfire songs and s’mores bring back wonderful childhood memories and create fond new memories too. Custom fire pits built into your deck are an excellent way to add to your outdoor living space, and are a perfect addition to any summer party. Be sure to keep fire wood handy for those impromptu hot dog roasts and you’ll be ready for a summer full of fun.

Covered Patio

Sometimes the summer sun is too hot to handle. During these days, a covered patio is an absolute life saver. A covered patio gives you the ability to spend time outside without sitting in direct sunlight, so you can enjoy the great outdoors without the sunburn and sweating to go with it. Additionally, a covered patio area with a fan blowing is the perfect setting for an afternoon board game on a hot summer day. 

 

If these items sound like a good addition to your summertime fun, we would love to help you out. Please contact us today at Allied Outdoor Solutions for more information. 

 

 

 

Add a Kitchen To Your Outdoor Living Area

Outdoor kitchens are becoming a very popular way to transform your backyard into the perfect area for entertaining your family and friends. If you enjoy entertaining and outdoor cooking, then it only makes sense to combine the two into your own personal backyard oasis. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of adding a kitchen to your outdoor living area

 

 

Outdoor Enjoyment 

Outdoor kitchens give you the ability to really enjoy the outdoors. You’ll have a lot more fun entertaining when you can grill up delicious and healthy foods during your next social gathering right in your own backyard. And cooking is not the only thing that you will enjoy about it. You can really expand your outdoor kitchen to include a refrigerator, an ice maker, a patio heater, and lots of furniture and other accessories. Let your cooking and your entertaining preferences and styles run wild. 

Adds Value To Your Home 

Outdoor kitchens are a great investment and can add a ton of value to your home. It’s one outdoor home improvement project that can give you a serious return on your investment. You will get nothing but the best in materials and components, making your outdoor kitchen able to withstand even the harshest weather. 

Let us help you take your outdoor cooking and entertaining to a whole new level by creating your very own outdoor kitchen sanctuary anywhere in the Houston, Dallas, Austin, or Phoenix areas. It’s something that you’ll definitely be proud to call your own. Contact us today at Allied Outdoor Solutions to get started!

 

 

Pool Deck Overlay – Get Back to Your Family

Pool Deck Overlay – Get Back to Your Family

 

Is your pool beginning to look outdated? Have you considered having your pool replaced? We can help, with a pool deck overlay. With an overlay, your pool area will look brand new.

Many times people choose to buy an older house and the pool area is really outdated. Other times, people choose a newer house where the pool area was never properly maintained. Whatever the reason, a pool deck overlay will solve your problem. An overlay has the ability to make your pool deck look brand new.

If you love to spend the days by the pool, or your house is the place that everyone gathers for family events, than this is not something that you want to put off doing. For many families, time by the pool is something that everyone cherishes. With crazy work schedules, and the demands of after school activities, sometimes it’s tough to have family time. When you finally have room in your schedule to relax by the pool with your family, the last thing you want to see is another project that needs to be completed.

If you are eager to get ready for spending time at the pool, then make the decision today to get this project completed, and enjoy your time with your family at your fantastic, upgraded pool deck. Don’t put this project off another day, your family time is too important.

For more information on having your pool deck updated, please contact us. We would be delighted to help add to the beauty of your house.

 

 

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Update Your Pool With A Pool Deck Overlay

Updating the interior of your home may seem more pressing than updating the exterior. New appliances and fixtures are an obvious place to start when updating. But the exterior of your home needs some TLC too, especially if you have a pool. A pool deck overlay is an excellent way to give the exterior of your home a more modern look. Having a pool is a luxury, but you want your pool deck to be luxurious too— not just plain, boring concrete.

There are a number of ways we can help you customize your pool deck at Allied Outdoor Solutions. We serve many areas of Texas and Arizona. So if your pool deck needs an update and you are in Phoenix, Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, or San Antonio, one of our locations will be happy to help you.

The great thing about updating your pool deck is we don’t have to tear out your existing pool deck. That would be expensive and messy. We can just do an overlay, either with carvestone or concrete. Whether you want to expand the area you have paved, or just give your current deck a facelift, we will leave your yard looking more beautiful than you could have imagined. Allied Outdoor Solutions does stamped concrete using dozens of stamps and rich, beautiful colors. And our carvestone overlay method is a gorgeous way of getting the appearance of natural stone without the expense and the slippery nature of stone.

Contact us at Allied Outdoor Solutions today and we can start dreaming together about an improved pool deck overlay to update the exterior of your home.

 

 

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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