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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 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. 

 

 

 

Get the Right Patio Contractor

Get the Right Patio Contractor

When laying a patio for a new home—or to update your existing patio—you will need to find a patio contractor that is going to deliver the high-quality you deserve. Allied Outdoor Solutions are outdoor living contractors in Phoenix, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston.

Living in Arizona or Texas, you know how important it is to have a patio or outdoor living space you enjoy using. During the milder months, you want to enjoy being outside as much as possible. Your patio needs to have accommodations for the heat of the summer too.

Allied Outdoor Solutions creates custom patios for our customers. We are experts in using a variety of materials such as concrete and carvestone. Our concrete can be broom finished or stamped and stained to your preference. Stamped concrete is a beautiful way to add to the luxury of your home. Carvestone is an overlay for existing patios and involves bonding a limestone product with your existing patio to create a natural stone look. It is very versatile and can endure high traffic areas like driveways as well as lower traffic areas like pool decks and patios.

We know the last thing you want is to find out a few years down the road that your patio contractor did a shoddy job pouring your concrete. That is why we do everything we can along the way to make sure we get it right the first time. We keep you clued in on the whole process, with pre and post walk throughs with the contractors.

For more information, contact us today at Allied Outdoor Solutions.

 

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

Allied Outdoor Solutions Houston Texas Concrete Overlay Patio and Pool Deck

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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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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Spruce up Your Outdoor Living Areas for Fall Entertainment In Houston – Dallas – Austin, Texas

Three Ways to Spruce up Your Outdoor Living Areas for Fall Entertainment In Houston – Dallas – Austin, Texas

One of the best things about living in Texas is that the weather is generally nice, year-round. You can truly enjoy your outdoor living areas, to relax and spend time with friends and family. However, the amount of pleasure you’ll get out of your space is directly related to how well it functions. Here are three fantastic ways to enhance your outdoor living areas so you get the most enjoyment possible from them this fall.

Start From The Ground Up

If your patio, sidewalks and pool deck are cracked, broken or stained, fall is the perfect time to get them back in shape. In most cases, replacement isn’t an absolute necessity, it’s actually easier, less time consuming and less expensive to resurface them. Concrete overlays hide imperfections, create a smooth surface, and enhance the beauty of your yard. Whether you have a modern, conventional or rustic home, overlays can be created to match the style and colors that best suit your tastes. What’s more, they will last for many years to come, making them a good investment.

Create A Focal Point

Perhaps one of the most attractive, and useful, additions to an outdoor living area is a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. Placed in the center of a seating area, it provides warmth and light, creating a cozy retreat. It also gives you and your family the opportunity to roast marshmallows for s’mores, or to cook hotdogs on a stick, just like at camp. At the other end of the spectrum is a water feature. From a small fountain to a larger waterfall and pond, water features are a beautiful, soothing addition to your patio, yard, or garden areas.

Make It Comfortable

The whole idea of having an outdoor living area is to enjoy it as much as possible. Comfortable, weatherproof furniture and adequate lighting, therefore, are a must. A beautiful patio cover or pergola will help keep the rain and sun from dampening your enjoyment. Large potted plants and trellises help create a cozy, private space without enclosing the area completely. And, of course, nothing beats a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, conveniently located near your lounge area.

If your outdoor space isn’t fulfilling your needs, contact us at Allied Outdoor Solutions. Whether you have small yard, or a sprawling estate, our experts will help you achieve the look and feel you’ve always dreamed of.

 

 

 

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Carvestone Surfaces for Your Home

Carvestone Surfaces for Your Home


The Carvestone process originated in Europe where it has been used in restoring monuments and historic places. Carvestone Coatings received a United States patent and trademark in December, 1979.

Adding a coating of hardened, treated, colored and carved concrete and quartz compound is an economical and decorative way of resurfacing. It has become a popular way of refinishing patios, driveways, walkways and outdoor extensions of the home.

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.

Carvestone can be installed over old concrete

The Carvestone coating can be placed over old concrete, undamaged tile, brickwork, and various kinds of deck and pool coping. It can bind smooth pea gravel into an unbroken surface. It makes an excellent pool deck surface. It creates a very hard surface, three-eights of an inch in thickness, rated strong.

The exciting thing about Carvestone is that the unbroken surface is carved, colored and grouted during installation by expert technically trained artisans. The look of Carvestone goes way beyond the appearance of mere treated, died or stenciled concrete. The un-repetitious patterns and tints can’t be distinguished from rich, beautiful tile of your choice. The tile look is applied right on site while the coating is laid.
Carvestone is also a seamless surface. It has the look of individual paving stones. Realistic grouting is applied in a decorative way. However, there are no spaces. Weeds will never grow through the it. It will not crack along seams from ice or moisture.

Carvestone Surfaces for Your Home can be installed without tearing out your original paving. The work goes much faster than it would if original surfaces would have to be removed. It minimizes damage to your lawn and structures. The economy of Carvestone comes from the fact that you do not have to buy volumes of paving stones and the substrates to support them.
If you are looking for paving to enhance the outdoor enjoyment of your home, call us today at 1-800-GO-STONE.

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Revitalize Your Patio’s Surface
Make your friends’ first impression of your home be its best. We can revitalize your front patio with no messy tear-out. A CarveStone coating can give your front patio or back patio a classic look you won’t grow tired of with a surface both comfortable to walk on and beautiful to behold.

Our outdoor patios give the front of your home a fresh look. When you schedule a free estimate with Allied Outdoor Solutions, you can choose a customized stone pattern to match your house and lawn. There are several options for you to choose from, like a square-stone pattern for a formal look or a random flagstone pattern for a rustic flair. The choice is up to you! What’s important to us is implementing your design to achieve a real-stone look that is sure to impress both you and your friends.

Beautify Existing Concrete Without the Mess
With CarveStone coatings, you can beautify your existing concrete with no messy tear-out and no headache. We install most jobs in under a week! Designers and architects have used CarveStone coating world-wide to restore historical buildings in Europe. The reason? CarveStone is a durable, lightweight product that can be applied over concrete, pea gravel, brick, cool deck, tile, and more–so it’s versatile.

Results that Last
Also, designers and architects know that using CarveStone ensures a result that lasts. You don’t need to worry about your crumbling pea gravel or cracked concrete on your porch. CarveStone can add value and style to your yard. Contact us today.

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.

Outdoor Living Areas for the Coming New Year: The Aesthetic Difference with a Pergola

Outdoor Living Areas for the Coming New Year: The Aesthetic Difference with a Pergola

An outdoor living area needs a design for year-round use, and a pergola provides the promise of this through the winter, spring, or summer. If you don’t know what a pergola is, it’s somewhat like a patio cover, except it’s more open on top and focuses on a unique aesthetic for personal stylization. While they do provide some shade from the sun during the summer, the open spaces accommodate more elaborate architectural design. But they leave room for customization for use during other seasons.

With winter now here, a pergola can still be used as a great place to entertain your guests. And in the spring, when blooms are out in your garden, consolidation with your pergola is easily done in one unique way.

Using a Pergola Through the Seasons

Through the winter, customization is always possible with your pergola thanks to its open space on the top and the sides. Many people now connect curtains to their pergola to provide protection from the weather, plus privacy. By using a UV-protected canopy on the top of the pergola, you’re also protected from the rain and snow when you want to use it for a space to do holiday entertaining.

While you’ll love your pergola in the winter, spring will bring even more enjoyment since you can grow vines and other plants around the support beams. This adds a whole other layer of customization that makes entertaining outdoors a unique experience. Imagine being able to enjoy the blooms of plants around the sides of your pergola as a curtain provided by nature.

Then, in the summer, it turns into a great place to relax and add unique style to your backyard area. For many confused on what designates a patio cover from a pergola, the latter is strictly about open design for a classy look. Designs are easily made differently depending on personal style, which makes the pergola such a popular choice for so many backyards.

contact us here at Allied Outdoor Solutions in the new year so we can help build a pergola for you to enjoy through 2015. Made with durable materials, you’ll be able to use your pergola for a long time as the new popular alternative to how people use their patio spaces.

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5 Reasons You Need Carvestone Concrete Overlay for Your Home

Here are the top 5 Reasons You Need Carvestone Concrete Overlay for Your Home

If you are considering doing some upgrades to your home, you may want to think about ways that you can add more curb appeal. Customized exterior improvements are a great way to do this. Unique Carvestone concrete overlay for walkways, porches and entrances can make a huge impact on your home’s appearance. Here are five reasons you should consider this popular exterior improvement.

Concrete Overlays Add Interest

Unlike traditional concrete, Carvestone overlays allow you to add your own unique flair to your home. There are a huge number of color and style choices that simply cannot be accomplished any other way. Most concrete applications are simply sprayed or stamped on, but Carvestone overlays are hand-crafted. Since each project is carved, colored and grouted by hand, your home will be truly unique from your neighbors.

Concrete Overlays Add Value

Not only do concrete overlays add interest and elegance to your entrance, patio or other outdoor areas of your home, they also add value. A home with beautiful landscaping is always more desirable and yields a higher price on the market. Not only that, but the ability to use the space adds daily living value to the home for you and your family.

Concrete Overlays Cover Minor Flaws

If the concrete paths, walkways and porches around your home have been through a few season changes, it will likely show cracks, missing chunks and uneven areas. Although repairs do help to regain the structural integrity, they don’t always match up the best. With Carvestone concrete overlays, you don’t have to look at those unsightly patches any longer, because they will be completely covered by a warm, natural looking surface.

Carvestone Concrete Overlays are Rugged

Carvestone is tough, in fact, it’s nearly twice as strong as concrete. That means it’s long-lasting and durable and it also comes with a full 7 year warranty. However, if anything does happen to go wrong with your concrete overlay, Carvestone is also easy to repair. Unlike other concrete overlay surfaces, any repairs will never be seen.

Carvestone Has A Natural Look

For a unique, durable beauty, Carvestone is made with crushed limestone and natural-quarried quartz. You get a realistic stone appearance that is not equaled by any other concrete overlay surface. In fact, no one will ever guess that it’s concrete, not stone, lining your walk. It’s that convincing.

To talk more about concrete overlays and how the Carvestone system can help you create the look and feel you want for your home, please contact us. Our experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Concrete Overlay and Carvestone in Houston, Austin, and Dallas, TX

Concrete Overlay and Carvestone in Houston, Austin, and Dallas, TX