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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

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.

 

 

Carvestone covered patio and deck that is an alternative to pavers

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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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.

 

 

Resurfacing Walkway Before Picture in Houston

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Resurfacing Walkway After Picture in Houston

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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.

 

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions Outdoor Living Patio and Pergola in Austin TX

 

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.

Pool Deck in Houston, Austin, and Dallas

Allied Outdoor Solutions will upgrade your Pool Deck in Houston, Austin, and Dallas


Resurfacing your pool deck can be a fantastic way to breathe new life into a backyard after moving into a house, but the process can be confusing if it’s your first time getting this project done. Instead of being concerned over costs or the work that’s involved with resurfacing the deck, it’s helpful to look into what to expect. Carvestone is a great option and can transform your backyard.

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.

Free Ideas to Update your Pool Deck

-Power Wash to Take Care of Grime
The first step to resurfacing a pool deck is getting the surface power washed. While this can be done on your own, professionals can help get the deepest clean using power washing equipment. The powerful jet can help remove grime and debris that have been let to sit on the pool deck.

-Grind Away Any Damage
If your pool deck has any kind of damage, it may be a good idea to get it grinded away. A wood grinding tool can help buff out any splinters and minor damage, leaving the deck smooth.

-Adding Vibrancy to the Deck Color
Wooden pool decks are unique in that they can become dull in color after a few years. To take care of this, consider getting the deck updated with a new stain. With all of your options for stains, you can add new color to the deck.

-Pouring a Cement Overlay on Top
If your pool deck is cement or has natural stone, you may want to get it resurfaced using a cement overlay. In this case, you can be picky when looking over the variations in colors and patterns.
Please contact us for more information regarding resurfacing pool decks.

Important qualities to have in a contractor?

Experience, first and foremost. A contractor’s experience is reflected in the work. Secondly, strong communication skills are necessary to ensure that you get the quality work you’ve paid for. Thirdly, and this doesn’t get mentioned enough, thoroughness. The contractor should maintain a presentable job site, complete the project to your satisfaction and protect the investments you’ve made in your home and landscaping.

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.

Decorative Concrete in Houston

Decorative Concrete in Houston TX


Looking for options with decorative concrete in Houston TX?

When it comes to adding real value to your home, one of the best options is to improve the paved areas of your front and back yards. A new driveway, patio, front porch and walkways are excellent at providing a practical addition to your property that is attractive and long lasting. However, you have options beyond using ordinary concrete when it comes to making improvements to your home.

Decorative concrete is growing in popularity thanks to its unique appearance that combines an aesthetically pleasing look with the strength and durability of concrete. Today, more homeowners are choosing decorative concrete from Houston Concrete for their new patios, walkways and pool decks.

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 Decorative Concrete?

Decorative concrete is more than just simple, white concrete stones used for pavement purposes as it adds a real aesthetic value to the mixture as well. The different materials that are added do not detract from the inherent strength of the concrete, but instead add different colors and textures which make it appropriate for the same types of uses as standard concrete.

Decorative concrete can be used in the same manner as standard concrete for the home which includes the patio, walkways, driveways and more. It is somewhat more expensive than standard concrete, but the added aesthetic value really adds to the beauty of the home.

Concrete resurfacing in Houston 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 concrete resurfacing in Houston with CarveStone, call us today at 1-800-GO-STONE.

Why Choose Decorative Concrete?

There are a number of reasons to consider decorative concrete in Houston. For many homeowners, decorative concrete has really expanded the way they have been able to add real value to their properties.

Color Choices: Because homeowners are not limited to one choice of colors as they are with standard concrete options, they can choose the right color that really augments their landscaping. Darker colors in particular help highlight certain aspects of their yard which simply isn’t possible with standard concrete.

Different Textures: Not only is decorative concrete a different color, but it offers different textures as well. This is due to the materials which are added to the concrete in the mixing process. You can go over the options with the best decorative concrete Houston TX contractor to ensure that you get the right texture and color of your choice.

Durable: Decorative concrete retains the same elements that make standard concrete an attractive option as well. This form of concrete is highly durable and long lasting, able to withstand the elements for many years to come. This is one reason why durable concrete makes for a great investment.

There is little doubt that durable concrete offers many options for homeowners who are looking to improve the aesthetic look of their property with a long-term investment that will also preserve the resale value as well. The many different choices that this form of concrete offers allows homeowners real options when it comes to creating pool decks, patios and porches that stand out in their yard.

You can start the process by contacting the professional decorative concrete contractors Houston Concrete who have the knowledge, experience and expertise to install what you need to improve your home. Plus, you can actually choose the type and color of concrete that works best with the overall look of your property as well.