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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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How is Carvestone different from a paver solution?

How is Carvestone different from a paver solution?

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions installs all hardscape options in order to deliver the best option for our clients needs .  Two hardscape options that our project consultants get asked to differentiate between are Carvestone and pavers.   It makes sense that we are asked to clarify the difference because both Carvestone and pavers can be used for driveways, walkways, pool decks and patios. Both Carvestone and pavers are wonderful solutions for a new space or updating an existing space that may be out-of-style, too small or damaged. Both options come in a variety of different shapes, patterns, colors and textures. Most importantly, they are both long term solutions that deliver results our clients love.  We have outlined the major differences as you navigate the best hardscape option for you:

 

Visual design differences:

  • Pavers have pre-set patterns and color options made by a manufacturer in advance
  • Carvestone patterns and color options are 100% customizable with endless options made on-site

 

Installation Similaries:

  • In certain circumstances, and with the guidance of your Allied Outdoor Solutions project consultant, you may not require demolition of your existing surface. In many cases we can overlay existing concrete with pavers or Carvestone.  This includes but is not limited to patios, walkways, driveways, and pool decks.
  • In addition, your project consultant can show you how we can overlay most coping with either pavers or carvestone and make it look original.  

 

Possible Installation Differences:

 

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  • Allied Outdoor Solutions is ICPI certified which means we are held to the highest standards on our paver installations and we work hard to keep this certification each year.  The way pavers are installed this way is based on the following: First, we remove the existing hardscape (if needed) and then excavate down another 4”-6”. The depth is built back up using stabilizing sand and crushed concrete. We then will spread a layer of bedding sand for the pavers to nestle down into and level. There will be concrete edge around the perimeter of the project to ensure longevity. Once the pavers are laid and toe poured a broadcast of polymeric sand will be used to fill the joints. The entire paver system is roughly 8”-10” from stabilized base to top of your new pavers.
  • Carvestone is only applied on top of a structurally sound concrete substrate which means we need to pour new concrete or we can go on top of your existing pool deck, patio or driveway.  

 

Maintenance differences:

  • Pavers: do not require to be re-sealed, but are also subject to the elements and absorption of its surroundings.  Your polymeric sand will need to be replaced which is found in the joints of your pavers.
  • Carvestone:  we suggest that every two to three years you re-seal to ensure the beauty of your project . A dedicated re-seal team member from Allied Outdoor Solutions will contact you to remind you every 2 years and assist you in the process of resealing.

Warranty differences:

  • Concrete pavers provide a lifetime warranty on the materials and 2 year workmanship warranty on concrete pavers and travertine.
  • Carvestone provides a seven-year warranty on the chipping and delamination of the surface covered.

 

 

Your dedicated project consultant will listen to your vision and then assist you in designing a solution to fit your needs and budget with the products that fit your space best.  Then our dedicated production team that consists of schedulers, a dedicated project manager to your project will bring your project to life for you to make memories that you have been dreaming of for years.  Take the first step and schedule a free consultation.

 

 

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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

 

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!

 

 

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

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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Houston Pavers

Make a Difference in Your Patio with Houston Pavers


  • Many Colors, Shapes, Sizes Available
  • Low Maintenance
  • No Cracking, Less Absorbent
  • Strong, Long-Lasting

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!

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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.

Patio Pavers in Houston from Houston Pavers Enhance your Outdoor Living Space!

Getting patio pavers for Houston homes can enhance the beauty of anyone’s residence. Houston Pavers will install pavers for patios that match your home’s décor as well as your taste. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, so you can custom make your own design. Their strength and durability practically eliminates the need for maintenance and you will never have to worry about cracking. They also are less absorbent. Since pavers are so strong (up to 3,000 psi), you can park your car, truck, RV or SUV on them and they will still last for years.
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Stamped concrete in Dallas

Stamped concrete in Dallas


  • Strong and durable
  • Lasts for Years
  • Looks Like Real Stone
  • Handcrafted with many options

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.

Consider Stamped Concrete as Another Option

Concrete is environmentally friendly; using a high percentage of reclaimed concrete from other projects and old buildings, it uses far less new resources than other materials. When mixing old concrete with new ingredients, it requires far less energy to extract the abundant materials used in its creation.

Looking around the cities of Texas such as Houston, Dallas and Austin, you will find many fine examples of stamped concrete work that are artistic, attractive, and limited only by imagination as to its many uses.
Stamped concrete is one of the most widely used forms of concrete, used by cities and private citizens alike. It transforms an ordinary flat, utilitarian gray surface into something of beauty with natural texture. It lifts areas such as garden patios and pool surrounds, adding character and a more opulent look and feel.

It is created by the pressing of flexible mats onto fresh concrete, leaving any decoration you might want in its surface. If you want the impression of limestone slabs, cobbles, slate, terracotta tiles or any other design, you can have it, only it’s harder wearing and more easily reparable in case of damage and, in spite of its good looks, cheaper than using more expensive options.

If you want to freshen up the looks of your home, using stamped concrete is easy, quickly delivered because the materials for its construction are locally acquired and constructed, and can be delivered in a wide range of colors to suit your needs. If the right color is not available as standard, then you can use staining services to get that exact match to your needs. A well-laid surface is hard to differentiate from the real thing. Staining is an excellent way to bring out the natural beauty of the surface, giving it a hard-wearing yet deep and expensive looking appearance, the envy of your friends.

Custom Stamped Concrete for your Home

Another benefit of stamped concrete is its ability to be shaped as per requirements, cutting and staining elaborate or simple designs, depicting anything you want from the Lone Star to more elaborate designs. Add to your stamped concrete surface using cast concrete shapes to create low, smooth surfaced walls, using their curves and straight lines to give the area a more natural flow and definition. Additionally you might like to incorporate planters and small, shaped garden beds to bring out the natural softness of shrubs lining the patio edging. If you are looking for stamped concrete in Dallas, consider Allied Outdoor Solutions.

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Stamped Concrete Pool Deck

Stamped Concrete Pool Deck


Almost everyone in the United States, especially in the South, has been beating the summer heat in their nice swimming pool in the backyard. Some people have a pool deck, some do not. Those who have either no pool deck or a paved pool deck, most likely wish that they could have a stamped concrete pool deck.

Here you will learn the differences in paved and stamped concrete, and why you should always choose Allied Outdoor Solutions in Houston, Texas to take care of all your stamped concrete needs.

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.

What Is Stamped Concrete?

Stamped concrete is never to be mistaken for paved concrete. Though they look almost similar, there are some differences that you will learn , in order to differentiate and decide what kind of concrete it is that you are wanting for your pool deck. Stamped concrete is a very beautiful and very unique style of concrete. It is typically seen in normal driveways or sidewalks. Stamped concrete is the type of concrete that you will typically find in nice outdoor places such as parks, downtown, outdoor malls, etc.

Stamped concrete is a type of concrete that is patterned and textured or embossed to resemble textures such as brick, slate, stone, tile, wood, flagstone, and many other various textures and patterns that you’ve most likely seen somewhere out in public. Stamped concrete is most commonly used for things and places like patios, driveways, sidewalks, interior flooring, and last but most certainly not least, pool decks. In the way that stamped concrete can resemble all of these other types of flooring, having stamped concrete instead of those actual materials for your flooring can save you a lot of money in the long run, which is always a plus!

The way that stamped concrete is made is pretty cool to watch. There are three main procedures that go on in the making of stamped concrete. The first procedure is to add a base color, which will be the overall color of the entirety of the stamped concrete. Then, an accent color is added wherever it is desired onto the concrete. Then, the last step is to stamp the design into the concrete, to give it that nice style and flair.

If you need something that is worth the effort, last a long time, looks great and involves no messy tear outs, choose Carvestone from Allied Outdoor Solutions. For more on getting a concrete overlay job from us, call 1-800-GO-STONE.

Why Stamped Concrete?

Stamped concrete is always the best option when deciding on what to do for a pool deck. Stamped concrete is beautiful, and can give your backyard a personality all of its own. When it comes to stamped concrete or even just the usual smooth concrete, Allied Outdoor Solutions is always the name to remember. You can find more information here and see pictures here.

Driveways Houston

For Driveways in Houston, Chose Carvestone


  • Durable, Lasts a Long Time
  • 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!

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 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.  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 KTRHs Gardenline” 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.