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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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Creating the Perfect Outdoor Living Area

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Living Area

If you watch many shows on HGTV or DIY Network, you have probably spent a fair amount of time with mouth agape at some of the incredible outdoor living areas that are created. But you don’t have to just dream about an outdoor living space. Living in Texas and Arizona, we are in the perfect climate to enjoy an outdoor living space year-round. And at Allied Outdoor Solutions, we know how to help you create the perfect outdoor living space for you. Here are a few things to address throughout the process.

  1. What features do you want? An outdoor living space can be anywhere from simple to elaborate. It all depends on how you plan on using the space. The outdoor living division at Allied Outdoor Solutions can complete any project you can think of, from outdoor kitchens to water features. So ask yourself and your family, “What features do we want to be a part of our outdoor living space?” Custom pergolas and patios, kitchens, water features, and fire features are all options.
  2. What surface do you prefer? At Allied Outdoor Solutions we specialize in many kinds of surfaces, all of which could look stunning at your home. It’s up to you to decide whether you prefer pavers, concrete, wood decking, or carvestone. We can resurface an existing surface or create something free-standing. Really, the sky is the limit.

So stop just dreaming about your outdoor living space. Now is the perfect time to contact Allied Outdoor Solutions to start planning your outside oasis. Contact us today for more information.

 

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. 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Patio Contractors that Specialize in the Decorative Market

Patio Contractors that Specialize in the Decorative Market

Finding the right contractor can sometimes be difficult. Of course you want nothing but the best for your home, and the contractor that you hire to do the job can make all the difference. Our experienced patio contractors take pride in their work, and we are proud to say that we specialize in the decorative market. This means that we will graciously cater to all of your unique needs and wants. Let us help you make your visions come true anywhere in the Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and surrounding areas.

Concrete Pouring

We can pour concrete just about anywhere you want it, and we can do it exactly how you want us to do it, too.

  • walkways
  • patios
  • driveways
  • steps
  • and more!

Decorative Touches 

Whether you want your concrete poured with a regular finish or a decorative finish, we can do it. This includes all stamping and staining, and there are literally dozens of colors and patterns to choose from. You will have added peace of mind knowing that absolutely none of our options will impact the price that you pay. Have fun selecting something that is special to you or specially suited to your area. In an effort to find you the perfect fit, we use samples ahead of time. Customization is our specialty.

Contact us today to get started! We will get the job done right the first time, every time! We handle all aspects of the job, including permits, inspections, and HOA’s. We pour everything up to code and to your liking.

 

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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

Add Personality to Your Austin, Texas Home

Add Personality to Your Austin, Texas Home

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

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

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

These are just a few ideas you could apply to your yard. Contact us at Allied Outdoor Solutions today to get started on a wonderfully unique project for your home.

 

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Patio Contractor for Your Phoenix Home

Find a Patio Contractor for Your Phoenix Home

Whether you are building a new home or redoing your landscape, you want the space outside your home to be as enjoyable as inside your home. Make your own yard a private getaway by hiring a patio contractor to create a beautiful and functional patio you can enjoy. After you have Allied Outdoor Solutions pour your luxurious patio, you can spend your evenings eating dinner outside, or enjoying a glass of wine and gazing at the stars.There are a number of ways to approach making a patio. First, you can consider carvestone. Carvestone is the perfect solution if you have an existing patio you want to update. Carvestone is an overlay that looks like natural stone, is highly customizable, and is applied by hand. We work with you to make your patio a work of art that you can’t wait to show your guests. And unlike natural stone, it is slip resistant.

Another way to approach a patio, especially a new patio, is concrete. We have decades of experience pouring concrete. We also customize concrete with colors and textures to get the look you desire. We make sure your concrete projects are done correctly the first time, every time.

The third way to approach a patio is with pavers. Pavers are a beautiful way to get brick or stone that matches other parts of your home. And, sometimes we can do an overlay over your existing patio to save on the cost.

Whatever your vision is for your future or revamped patio, contact us today at Allied Outdoor Solutions.

 

 

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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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