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Choosing the Right Contractor

Choosing the Right Contractor

It’s a new year and you are looking to do some of the projects you dreamed up in 2017.  Maybe it’s a new concrete patio, covered patio, outdoor kitchen, pool, pergola, fire pit or fire place.  Maybe you want all of those items.  You have the idea but finding the right contractor can feel daunting!  Below is a checklist that you can use to help you find the right contractor.
Before you meet, find out how easy is it to get a hold of their company.  Can you pick up the phone and immediately get someone on the other end or does it go into a voicemail box that may or may not get returned.  This is important because when you start your outdoor living project whether it be a concrete patio, covered patio, pergola, pool, outdoor kitchen, or fire feature you will always want to know that you can get a hold of someone in a moments notice.  If you can’t a hold of them know do not expect anything different later on in the process.
Look at their reputation on-line.  You go look them up on yelp, google, angies list, or facebook.  Make sure you look at all of these areas because you will want to make sure that the feedback is consistent.  You will also want to be sure that the reviews support what they tell when they come visit you at your home for your outdoor living project.  You are going to spend a lot of money and this step is important to find out what their customers are saying about them.
After you have scheduled your appointment take note if they show up on time or late.  Do they respect your time by showing up when they said they would?  These little things are important when you are going through the process of finding the right contractor for your project.  Once they are at your house, use this time as an interview process.  Ask them to give you a price on the spot?  Ask them how many jobs they completed in 2017?  Ask them if they have an actual office or if they are working out of their truck?  These questions might sound silly but they are important.  You want someone you can relate with, shows up on time, and is running a business that is delivering results to the community you live in for years past and years to come.
Remember this quote, “Cheap pays twice.”  When you are about to invest thousands of dollars into an outdoor living project make sure you do not jump on the best deal.  Make sure you have done all your homework on the above.  Make sure you are asking the right questions.  Take note of their online reputation.  And when you have done that the price should take care of itself.  If you are dealing with a company that has a track record of many years of jobs completed, satisfied customers online, and respect you and your time the price they give you is probably going to reflect it.
So as you start this year searching for your outdoor living contractor for patios, pools, covered patios, Carvestone overlay, outdoor kitchens use this above checklist to find the right one for you!

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

 

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

Resurface Your Walkway

Resurface Your Walkway For Your Visitors’ Sake

Are you starting to get bored by the dull appearance of your concrete walkway? Then maybe it’s time to resurface your walkway.

Your walkway is what visitors first encounter when stopping by at your house, and there’s only one chance to make a first impression. Instead of having them walk up to your house on a run-of-the-mill concrete walkway, improve the general beauty of your home  by beautifying your walkway, so that they will be duly impressed and will enter your house with raised spirits.

Your walkway may even be chipped and broken, which can lead to your visitors tripping or stumbling on your walkway, something you definitely do not want.

By resurfacing your walkway with Carvestone, which is made of natural limestone, you can choose from a variety of colors with which to improve the appearance of your front lawn. You also have the option of choosing between various patterns and styles, so that your walkway will be perfectly customized to your taste. Carvestone will not easily be chipped or damaged. It is made with quartz, one of the strongest existing minerals.

We resurface walkways, and we can improve your day by giving your house a whole new look with your beautiful Carvestone walkway.

If you are fed up with encountering the same boring black concrete walkway each day when you walk out the door in the morning, we have just the perfect solution for you. Contact us for more information, and we will be glad to help you out.

 

 

Resurface concrete in Houston, Dallas, Austin

Kids’ Fall Fun With Your Fire Pit

Kids’ Fall Fun With Your Fire Pit

 

Granted, in Texas we’re blessed with warm springs, lingering summers, and mild winters — which makes outdoor living areas so popular and so useful. But fall has definite advantages, especially if you have a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. And especially if you have kids!

Kids love October, probably because they see the entire month as a lead-in to Halloween. So here are a couple of ways to make the most of your outdoor fire features.

Outdoor Camping at Home.

Kids love camping out, so let your children invite their friends to a backyard evening sleepover. Have them bring their sleeping bags and let them pitch tents all over the backyard. Supervising adults can help with roasting hot dogs and favorite camp food over the fire pit, and be sure to have coolers full of ice and soft drinks. Bring your best jokes and stories to tell around the fire!

Happy Backyard Halloween!

This is the big night for kids, second only to Christmas Eve, and a backyard with a fire pit makes it really special. After the trick-or-treating (or in place of it), treat them to a backyard Halloween costume party. Hang the trees with cheesecloth ghosts and spider webs (complete with big plastic spiders!), and lots of orange or purple lights strung all over the area. Have a costume party with prizes for “best,” “scariest,” “funniest,” and “most creative” costumes. Tell spooky stories around the Witches’ Fire, or re-live the night’s adventures: “Remember that one house where we got the…?”

Halloween is just made for outdoor fun, especially with cheerful firelight!

Contact us for more information on transforming your outdoor areas.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

Dallas Outdoor Patio Ideas in Fall

Why choose Houston Concrete?


Unlike many companies, Houston Concrete offers the assurance of a professional, experienced general foreman who inspects and works at every jobsite, every day.

Houston Concrete and Lonestar Concrete are dba’s of Allied Outdoor Solutions.

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!

B. Caswell

We love the versatility of your product. Your ability to create the pattern and color that we wanted really made our decision easy.

J. Svatek

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.

J. Bethke

Concrete Driveway, Stamped Concrete, Concrete Outdoor Surfaces, and Decorative Concrete

Concrete Driveway
Houston Concrete can build you a concrete driveway in Houston that will add an aesthetical atmosphere and increase the value of your home. Using a time-tested and intricate process, we work hard to provide a stable, solid finish so the concrete will remain strong throughout the years.

We broom the surface, so it will be slip-resistant and even check for drainage control as well as manage cracking. The concrete we overlay is strong, at least 3000 PSI.

We will work with you and educate you about the process, giving you the power to make informed decisions about the direction of the project. Our crew will always provide you with excellent customer service.

Stamped Concrete
Houston Concrete is the one name to remember for stamped concrete in Houston. We only use time-tested, quality materials during our optimal processes, to ensure that you benefit from excellent workmanship.

Whether it is building a driveway, pool deck or patio, we always aim for perfection from the first batch of concrete laid until the finishing touches are made. Our crewmembers are bonded and insured, for your protection and they are highly experienced.

Rest assured, our crewmembers will educate you about the entire process, so you know everything that is going on. We believe in keeping a strong line of communication open and will always keep you up to date, so there are no surprises.

Concrete Outdoor Surfaces
For decorative or just plain concrete, Houston Concrete is the one name you need to remember. We can lay concrete for your driveway, patio or pool deck. Using a very detailed process, we make sure the concrete is smooth, drains well, resists cracking, looks great and remains strong, so you can enjoy it for years with proper maintenance.

Our crew are bonded, insured and have plenty of experience. They will keep you informed about every step of the process, even the cleanup. We are members of the Better Business Bureau and have an unrivaled reputation within the Houston market. When you need experienced people to help you with laying concrete, give us a call.

Decorative Concrete
In Houston, decorative concrete can add value as well as beauty to homes within the nation’s fourth largest city. Houston Concrete is the place where you can get decorative concrete for your driveway, pool deck or patio.

We have an experienced general foreman that always inspects and works every jobsite. By employing our expertise, knowledge, communication skills and integrity, we can construct decorative concrete designs made to order. You can always expect professionalism and courtesy from our crewmembers, some who are bilingual.

Decorative concrete not only looks great, it is strong and long lasting. We have earned the trust and confidence of our customers over the years and once you contact us, you will see why!

What are the most important qualities to have in a concrete 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.

Driveways Houston

For Driveways in Houston, Chose Carvestone


  • Durable, Lasts a Long Time
  • Stronger than Concrete (with a 5800 PSI rating)
  • Realistic Stone Appearance
  • No Messy Tear-Outs

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!

B. Caswell

We love the versatility of your product. Your ability to create the pattern and color that we wanted really made our decision easy.

J. Svatek

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.

J. Bethke

Carvestone Provides a Beautiful Coating for Driveways in Houston

Installing Carvestone on driveways will provide homeowners with a quality, time-tested surface that can be custom designed for any home. Expert craftsman can use Carvestone to transform a driveway that is experiencing cracking or discoloration, or can spruce up one that is just too plain. In Houston, these problems are prevalent; however, Carvestone by Allied Outdoor Solutions can provide a long-term solution for driveways that will significantly upgrade a home’s curb appeal. The strength of Carvestone for driveways in Houston is unmatched by other methods like stamped concrete or spray-on coatings. It has a 5800 PSI rating, which is twice the strength of concrete. If you park heavy vehicles in your driveway, such as a recreational vehicle or a large van, you will need a foundation that can handle the weight for long periods of time. Carvestone has proven it can withstand the wear and tear of cars and trucks on driveways in Houston. Allied Outdoor Solutions has laid down jobs that have lasted longer than a decade. You will not have the problems with material cracking when you install Carvestone unless there happens to be a considerable substrate issue. Cheaper, quick fixes like stamped concrete or spray-on will not last as long as Carvestone, so the chance of cracking increases if you cut corners. Taking a cheaper route for an overlay project involving driveways in Houston is not a good option for long-lasting quality because in all likelihood, a homeowner will have to spend money doing the job all over again in just a few years.

Carvestone can also make your driveway become a beautiful addition to your home, rather than just a place to park cars. It is 100 percent customizable, so the design options are endless. Each application of Carvestone is detailed, with all of our projects being completed by hand. Our design experts will hand-trowel, carve, color and grout each job to create a driveway the way the homeowner wants it.

Also, Carvestone has a realistic stone appearance. It has real quarried limestone mixed in, making it suitable for exterior application, with compressive, flexural and tensile strengths unequalled by other types of coating. In addition, Carvestone can cover almost any type of surface including pea gravel, cool deck, brick and concrete. Houston residents who want quality when applying a concrete coating should make Carvestone their first and only choice. Even Randy Lemmon from KTRHÕs ÒGardenline” says that Carvestone is the perfect solution for resurfacing driveways.

Allied Outdoor Solutions sets out to provide superior satisfaction for each and every customer with professional coating for driveways in Houston. For more on our concrete coatings, Houston residents should call us at 1-800-GO-STONE.

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We have worked hard to develop a great reputation with carvestone, pavers, concrete, and outdoor living areas. In Texas we service Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and all cities in between. We also service Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale and surrounding areas in Arizona. With thousands of satisfied customers, you can be confident when selecting Allied Outdoor Solutions to carefully construct your backyard renovation.
– Drew Williams, President

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