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Pool Deck Options

Pool Deck Options

 

Are you like one of our clients before they called Allied Outdoor Solutions who is tired of burning their feet on a hot pool deck or splashing your coping to cool it down before you can sit on it?  We are here to help.

 

Let us help you navigate  through all of your choices for decking so that you choose the best materials for extreme temperatures so that you can be comfortable all year long.  With over 17,000 projects complete you can leverage our experience to assist you in through this process.

 

Since Allied Outdoor Solutions offers all hardscape options let’s discuss one of our top products to help keep you cool.  Carvestone, a proprietary product to Allied Outdoor Solutions,  is one of our most popular and coolest options we offer. 

 

Benefits of Carvestone: 

  • The lighter color the cooler it will feel which is fully customizable.
  • Rated at 5,800 PSI to weather the harshest conditions
  • Integral color used to keep based color consistent throughout
  • Dedicated reseal team to assist with maintenance check-up’s every two years to remind you
  • 7 year warranty on chipping and delamination

 

 

We can’t guarantee that you won’t burn the hotdogs on the grill, but Carvestone won’t burn your little piggies on your bare feet! So, if you are looking for a southern summer friendly flat work solution, your dedicated Allied Outdoor Solutions project consultant can provide guidance in making the right decision for your project and help you achieve the outdoor space you’ve been envisioning.  Call us today for a free consultation.

 

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What materials are best for temperature in the Texas and Arizona summer?

What materials are best for temperature in the Texas and Arizona summer?

 

Are you like one of our clients before they called Allied Outdoor Solutions who is tired of burning their feet on a hot pool deck or splashing your coping to cool it down before you can sit on it?  We are here to help.

 

Let us help you navigate  through all of your choices for decking so that you choose the best materials for extreme temperatures so that you can be comfortable all year long.  With over 17,000 projects complete you can leverage our experience to assist you in through this process.

 

Since Allied Outdoor Solutions offers all hardscape options let’s discuss one of our top products to help keep you cool.  Travertine pavers are one of our most popular and coolest options we offer.

 

 

 

Benefits of travertine pavers: 

  • In most cases, you can walk barefoot even in some of the most extreme temperatures including Arizona.
  • Rated at 8,000 PSI and can withstand weathering even in the harshest conditions. 
  • Will maintain their natural color for decades. 
  • Require little to no maintenance or cleaning aside from annual power washing.

 

Pro tip: When choosing a travertine solution, the coolest temperature travertine is based on the color.  The lighter the travertine stone the cooler you will find it to be when temperatures are the hottest.  Allied Outdoor Solutions’ will help you navigate the plentiful colors, patterns, and design aspect for your specific project.  

 

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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.

 

 

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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Enjoy Your Outdoor Living Area with a Covered Patio

Enjoy Your Outdoor Living Area with a Covered Patio

As a homeowner, you want to spend your money wisely when it comes improvements and additions. It is best to consider your wants and needs, but you should also think about the most versatile options. For instance, when it comes to adding an outdoor living area, one of the smartest choices is a covered patio because it provides you with so much versatility and so many options for furnishing and using the space.

Enjoy Easy Furnishing and Decorating

Without a covered patio, you have to consider many factors for buying furniture, such as how the climate will affect the furniture that you purchase. It is ideal to get furniture that will not experience substantial wear and tear from constant exposure to the sun or getting hit with heavy rain on an annual basis. However, a covered patio allows you to avoid these particular issues.

Protect Yourself from the Elements

Not only do you want to protect your furniture from the elements, but you want to make sure that you and your family are protected as well. A covered patio provides you with the perfect alternative to an uncovered patio or deck, which are both popular options for outdoor living spaces.

Get Comfortable Furniture

Although it is not impossible to get comfortable furniture for an uncovered patio, you will have a more difficult time finding furniture that can last through the years and remain comfortable at the same time. Without the elements to worry about, you can focus on getting the coziest furniture.

If you want help with creating an outdoor living area, contact us today.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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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Resurface Walkways to Maximize Safety on Your Property

Resurface Walkways to Maximize Safety on Your Property

As a homeowner, it is important to prioritize safety on your property. For family members, friends, and service professionals, you want to make sure your home is a safe place for them to be. Most importantly, you want the walkways around the house to be problem-free as they can easily cause an injury.

It is ideal to resurface walkways on your property when you know they are a safety hazard.

Cracks Can Lead to Tripping

One of the most common problems with walkways is cracks that can lead to tripping and falling. Since you are likely to use these walkways on a regular basis, you should prioritize fixing them. However, it is unnecessary to replace them when an appropriate solution is to resurface them.

Guarantee Safe Passage

If the walkways on your property are in poor condition, you might find yourself or others avoiding them completely. However, the areas surrounding the broken walkways could be even more dangerous.

Establish Clear Walkways

When you have properly maintained walkways, you create a clear passage for people to follow. With a lush landscape, a walkway is necessary to avoid landscape-related damage. If your current pathways are not that distinguishable, you will find that a resurfacing is all it likely needs to shine.

Whether the walkways are in your front yard, on the sides of your property, or in the backyard, you should make sure they are in excellent condition at all times to eliminate the chances of injuries.

If you have any questions about our resurfacing services, feel free to contact us.

 

 

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Houston Concrete

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!

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.

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.

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.