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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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Create a Cozy Outdoor Living Area with a Fire Feature

Create a Cozy Outdoor Living Area with a Fire Feature

Fire features are a recent trend in outdoor living areas, and many homeowners are realizing the benefits of extending the season with a little heat. A fire pit or fireplace becomes a cozy spot for your family to gather around and relax or toast marshmallows. Before you install a new fire feature, consider how you want to use it and keep safety in mind.

Fire Pits

A concrete or stone fire pit is ideal for a back yard or patio. It is low to the ground, provides light, and creates an intimate area for relaxing or conversation. A fire pit is smaller and easier to install than a fireplace and can be square or round. Make sure to select the right size for your space. If it is too big, the heat could drive your guests away from the area. Choose materials that blend in with your home or landscaping.

Fireplace

A fireplace is taller and more dramatic, often creating a focal point for your outdoor area. Because of this, place it against an attractive view to enhance it. While a fireplace is larger than a fire pit, it only heats the area in front of it so consider that when you place it. A fireplace is more versatile and you can outfit it for outdoor cooking.

Safety

Before installing a fire feature, consider safety. Don’t place it near flammable objects, such as low hanging tree limbs or awnings. Allow plenty of room for seating so guests can adjust their chairs if it gets too hot or if the wind shifts.

Some cities and counties don’t allow fire pits or fireplaces on a wood deck, so check your municipal codes before you add one. If you do place a fire feature on a wood deck it is crucial to place it on a fire-resistant surface such as a fire pit pad. In other areas, suitable paving prevents stray sparks from catching fire and helps ensure the safety of your family. It also makes the surrounding area attractive and easy to clean. Please contact us for more information about updating your outdoor living areas.

 

Redefining Life Outdoors with Allied Outdoor Solutions

Redefining Life Outdoors with Our Skilled Austin Patio Contractors

 

 

When you’re looking to get a new patio, driveway, pool, pool deck, or outdoor kitchen installed in your backyard, you will more than likely need a contractor to assist you. Contractors will give you guidance on things that you haven’t even thought of. Redefining Life Outdoors with Allied Outdoor Solutions patio contractors is the best way help you carefully construct your backyard renovations exactly to you liking while making sure that everything’s placed just perfectly. Keep reading to find out exactly what our patio contractors can do for you.

 

Knowledgeand Experience 

Our patio contractors have the knowledge and the experience to get the job done right. We know exactly what to consider when planning to build a patio, such as the ideal location for it. This would include considering things like the architecture of your house, where the windows and the doors are located, where various equipment is located, and so on, in order to ensure proper and perfect placement of the patio. This will all make certain that your patio is as peaceful and flawless as possible.

 

Custom Jobs 

Our patio contractors will strive to make sure that all of your needs and desires are met. Whether you have a specific material in mind, a specific color, a specific style, or a specific finish, our contractors will work hard to make that vision a reality. Creating custom patios for our customers is what we do best, and not only will your patio look the way you want it to, but we construct them using only the best and highest quality workmanship and materials.

 

Contact us today and start Redefining Life Outdoors with Allied Outdoor Solutions.  We are A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau and Family Owned.

 

 

 

 

 

Redefining Life Outdoors

Redefining Life Outdoors

 

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. 

 

 

 

Patio Contractors that Specialize in the Decorative Market

Patio Contractors that Specialize in the Decorative Market

Finding the right contractor can sometimes be difficult. Of course you want nothing but the best for your home, and the contractor that you hire to do the job can make all the difference. Our experienced patio contractors take pride in their work, and we are proud to say that we specialize in the decorative market. This means that we will graciously cater to all of your unique needs and wants. Let us help you make your visions come true anywhere in the Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and surrounding areas.

Concrete Pouring

We can pour concrete just about anywhere you want it, and we can do it exactly how you want us to do it, too.

  • walkways
  • patios
  • driveways
  • steps
  • and more!

Decorative Touches 

Whether you want your concrete poured with a regular finish or a decorative finish, we can do it. This includes all stamping and staining, and there are literally dozens of colors and patterns to choose from. You will have added peace of mind knowing that absolutely none of our options will impact the price that you pay. Have fun selecting something that is special to you or specially suited to your area. In an effort to find you the perfect fit, we use samples ahead of time. Customization is our specialty.

Contact us today to get started! We will get the job done right the first time, every time! We handle all aspects of the job, including permits, inspections, and HOA’s. We pour everything up to code and to your liking.

 

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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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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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Carvestone covered patio and deck that is an alternative to pavers

 

 

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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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Invest in Concrete Overlay

Invest in Sidewalk Concrete Overlay Once It Starts Wearing Down Heavily

Although the concrete on your property can last for a long time, especially when it is laid down correctly in the first place, you may have bought a home that has a severely aged concrete sidewalk. Instead of letting it continue to get worse over time, you should think about a sidewalk concrete overlay to take care of something that you would need to handle in the future and to prevent it from becoming worse.

Maximize Property Safety

While minor cracks should not be that dangerous to you or your guests, you should not take any chances with a sidewalk as it is used and relied on for safe passage. If you have handicapped individuals who visit your home regularly, you should make an overlay a top priority to prevent them from getting injured.

Enjoy Customization

Although you can opt for a plain and simple overlay, you can also take advantage of this opportunity to get a highly customized sidewalk. Whether you want the sidewalk to be the main focus or to complement the entire space is entirely up to you, but having these options in the first place is quite nice.

Better Appearance

Regardless of which option you choose, a new overlay will look better than what you had before. If the exterior of your home could use some work, a new sidewalk can help to improve this aspect of your home.

Higher Resale Value

If you think that you might want to sell your home in the near future, you can enjoy a higher resale value with a sidewalk concrete overlay, especially when the current sidewalk does not look so good.

Contact us if you have any questions 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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