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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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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!

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas

 

 

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!

 

 

Add Personality to Your Austin, Texas Home

Add Personality to Your Austin, Texas Home

If Austin, Texas is known for one thing, it is our unique sense of individuality, like the unofficial slogan of Austin says, “Keep Austin Weird.” Austin is the 11th most populated city in the United States, and it’s residents thrive on diversity. Austin is the home of many different people; students, both domestic and international, government employees, musicians, high-tech workers, and blue-collar workers.

As a homeowner, one way you can show your Austin individuality is by having custom work done in your yard. Allied Outdoor Solutions is Austin’s go-to contractor for creative, beautiful, and functional outdoor living spaces. If you have a vision for your yard that involves concrete or stone work, we can make your vision become a reality. We create incredible outdoor living spaces, like outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and pool decks that are sure to amaze your guests and make your own home feel like a luxurious getaway. Here are a few examples of projects we do to get you brainstorming for your Austin home.

  • Outdoor Kitchen: Just browse through our outdoor living gallery to get a few ideas from amazing projects we have completed. From turning a grill into a whole kitchen space, to having a complete kitchen outside, we can create the perfect summer kitchen for you.
  • Pool Deck Overlays: We use our carvestone method of creating a custom overlay for an existing pool deck to make an individual and gorgeous surrounding to your pool. Not to mention, carvestone is safer for a pool deck because it is slip-resistant.

These are just a few ideas you could apply to your yard. Contact us at Allied Outdoor Solutions today to get started on a wonderfully unique project for 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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Give Your Backyard New Life This Summer with a Pool Deck Overlay

Give Your Backyard New Life This Summer with a Pool Deck Overlay

An unsightly pool deck affects the look of your entire backyard. Not only does it make the pool look old and worn, but also takes away from all adjacent patios, decks, and landscaping. A new pool deck will give your backyard a new life, and make your pool look new again. Homeowners have several options and styles to choose from for their new pool deck.

An outright replacement is an option for a pool deck in disrepair. This comes with the task of ripping the old pool deck out, excavating, and replacing with new concrete. This is a costly undertaking and comes with the risk of damaging the pool itself. Many homeowners opt to leave their pool deck as is when faced with the cost of a complete replacement. A pool deck overlay is a much more cost efficient method that restores the integrity and beauty of your pool deck.

An overlay utilizes your existing pool deck as a base, eliminating the need of removing the concrete. This alone saves the owner a lot of money and time during the project. The overlay uses Carvestone, which is a concrete like material made from crushed limestone and quartz, offering a harder surface that is resistant to chipping. The process involves etching your current pool deck, applying primer, and then the Carvestone product. The beauty of this product is that the owner chooses the color and pattern so that it compliments their current landscaping. A variety of stone patterns and colors allow you to make your pool deck unique and stylish.

If you would like more information on giving your pool area a new look, or fix a pool deck in disrepair please contact us.

 

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