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What is the difference between a patio cover and a pergola?

What is the difference between a patio cover and a pergola?

 

If you are like many of our clients they love being outside but want a place to relax in the shade.  Two of the most common shade structures are known as pergolas and covered patios.  Patio Covers typically provide you with 100% shade protection while pergolas have an open top that provides you with partial shade.  Both are great additions to enhance any outdoor living space and our project consultants can help guide you to fit your specific needs and how we can make them best fit your space.

 

Similarities for Pergolas and Covered Patios:

 

  • Provide shade (partial or full)
  • Can include electrical packaging with recessed LED lights, scones, flood lights,  fans, and additional outlets. 
  • Posts or columns are typically 6×6 or 8×8 and we use a material ranging from cedar, alumawood, treated pine, steel or hardie board.  In addition, each post or column can be fully or partially wrapped with stone or brick.
  • Most need concrete piers prior to construction of the structure
  • Attached or detached to the residence
  • Allow for variations of roof designs, layouts, and pitches

 

Differences for Pergolas and Covered Patios:

 

  • A patio cover can be waterproofed with roofing and shingles to match the design of your home. 
  • A pergola is commonly open to the elements, but we can provide you with a polycarbonate top or tin top depending on your objectives and design.
  • Patio cover roofs are installed with asphalt, tile, metal or cement shingles to match your residence.  
  • Patio Cover ceilings have options including painted hardi-panels, stucco, cedar tongue and groove, and bead-board paneling.
  • Patio covers allow dedicated circuit / attic runs for electrical wiring to be hidden. Where it is commonly seen in pergolas to see exposed conduit running to electrical components (fans, switches, etc.), because of lack of ceiling enclosure to hide those electrical lines.
  • If you’ve opted to stain or seal your pergola, the frequency of re-staining and re-sealing your pergola depends on your climate and the type of stain or sealant you choose. Timeframes range from every year to every 2-3 years.

 

In working with Allied Outdoor Solutions, there’s a great peace of mind knowing your contractor has constructed thousands of shade structures for home owners all over Arizona and Texas.  We look forward to using our experience to build your structure so that you can enjoy the shade just how you want it for years to come.   Give us a call to set up a free in-home consultation with one of our project consultants.

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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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How Concrete Overlay Can Enhance Your Outdoor Kitchen

How Concrete Overlay Can Enhance Your Outdoor Kitchen

Increasingly, people around Texas and Arizona are adding outdoor living areas to their home. The reason is simple: you can add sometimes significant living space to your property, without having to expand its footprint. Particularly in warmer climates, this option comes with significant return on investment.

But of course, you have to get it right. Adding an outdoor kitchen, for instance, only makes sense if you plan it well and use materials conducive to handling food and entertaining guests.

That’s where concrete overlay comes into play. A number of advantages make this flooring opportunity the perfect fit for your outside kitchen, or any type of outdoor living area. Some of them include:

A Better Look

First things first: without a doubt, concrete overlay can enhance the look of any outside space. That’s because its finish is made to resemble natural stone, and can be customized to fit the feel of the overall space. In other words, concrete overlay is sure to help make your kitchen a conversation piece.

Easy to Clean

Let’s not forget about cleaning up, either. Especially with a kitchen and any area in which you expect to handle food, this variable is vital. Concrete overlay will seal your floor, ensuring that any accidental spills are easily taken care of.

Custom Applications

Finally, every overlay project is done by hand, which means it can be customized specifically for your needs. Regardless of the size, style, and type of your outdoor kitchen, you will appreciate this customizability and the quality that comes with our applications.

In short, concrete overlay is the perfect fit for your outdoor living area project. To learn more about this product, and to get a quote on what it might cost to enhance your outdoor kitchen, contact us.

 

 

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!

 

 

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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Update Your Pool With Pool Deck Resurfacing

Update Your Pool With Pool Deck Resurfacing

Summer is just around the corner and now is the time to complete any projects on your pool. If your pool is looking dated and you want a fresh look for your backyard, check out Allied Outdoor Solutions for your pool deck resurfacing needs.

Whether you want to update your pool for your own enjoyment, or if you are looking to sell your home, updating your pool deck is going to add to the value of your house. Realtor.com did a study to find the top 10 cities for people who want pools in their yard, and six of those cities were in Arizona! Plano, Texas also came up on the list with 31% of homeowners having pools.

According to the article, one Arizona realtor, Carol Royse, said any home valued at over $250,000 is almost guaranteed to have a pool. She said she recently showed a very nice home to a number of people, all of whom rejected it because it didn’t have a pool. So, if you live in Texas or Arizona, investing in your pool is a big deal.

Allied Outdoor Solutions creates an overlay for your existing pool deck so you don’t have to deal with the cost and the mess of tearing out the existing pool deck. Under the right circumstances, we can also cover pea gravel, brick, and more. All of our concrete overlays can be customized with dozens on patterns and colors to make the beautiful pool deck you have always dreamed of.

Contact us today at Allied Outdoor Solutions and we can get your pool ready for summer by resurfacing your pool deck with an overlay you will love.

 

 

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Your Premier Patio Contractor in Houston

Your Premier Patio Contractor in Houston

As the year rolls on and we inch closer and closer to the gorgeous warmth of spring and summer, you might find yourself daydreaming about time spent outdoors. Whether you envision being cozied up with your special someone in front of a custom outdoor fireplace or hosting a pool party with friends and family in your backyard oasis, serving food from your elegant and functional outdoor kitchen, Allied Outdoor Solutions is here to make your dream a reality.

When you choose to partner with our patio contractor team for your renovations, your only limits are your own imagination and the laws of physics! Our team will meet with you for an initial consultation to discuss your goals while giving you valuable input and insight garnered from years of experience in creating dynamic outdoor living areas. We take the consultation step very seriously, as it is how we ensure our customers end up with the perfect patio, built to their exact specifications. If you are unsure about which direction to go in for your patio renovations, our team is here for you with loads of pictures and design ideas to get the ideas flowing.

Whether you would prefer a patio that is right off of your backdoor or a detached covered area best fits your needs, we can use a multitude of woods, finishes, and stone variations to achieve the results you want. Our main goal is to give you the exact style, look, and atmosphere you want when it comes to your new patio construction, as efficiently as possible.

Our highly experienced and professional team is dedicated to being there for you every step of the way, and we will always work toward your best interests in all we do. We will even handle the permits and applications from your HOA, if applicable.

From superior craftsmanship to personalized customer service, our passion is making your dream patio a reality. For access to outstanding patio contractors in Houston, contact us!

 

 

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Schedule a Pool Deck Overlay in Winter to Have it Ready to Enjoy in the Spring

Schedule a Pool Deck Overlay in Winter to Have it Ready to Enjoy in the Spring

With Texas temperatures, it is easy to spend most of spring and summer in the pool. Unfortunately, this might not be the best option when your pool deck is showing its age. Instead of letting the deck continue to deteriorate another year, you should invest in a pool deck overlay to improve the entire area. Ideally, you should get professional assistance during winter to have the pool ready for spring.

Get the Work Done in the Off-season

Although you could certainly spend some time in the pool throughout wintertime, the outside temperature is not always ideal, especially at nighttime. However, spring and summer are the best seasons for pool time, so you should make it a top priority to get the work done in the off-season.

Enjoy Flexible Scheduling

When you make plans to handle the work during winter, you do not have to worry about tight scheduling as professionals will have more time on their hands compared to other seasons. If you want to take care of the project on weekdays, weekends, or when you are on vacation, you can do so with ease.

Avoid the Heavy Rain

It is spring and summer in which Texas receives the most rain, which can lead to postponed projects. However, winter is the season that receives the least amount of rain, so you get to enjoy fewer delays.

If you want to have your pool ready to go as soon as spring arrives, you should at least start making plans for your pool deck overlay. Contact us if you want to learn more about our professional services.

 

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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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