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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. 

 

 

 

Trends in Outdoor Living Areas

Trends in Outdoor Living Areas

 

Outdoor living areas  have become increasing popular and more sophisticated over the past several years, with many elements once considered trendy now considered mainstream must-haves. Consider how hot tubs, for example, have gone from novelty luxuries to almost standard features, and not just in temperate climes. There’s nothing like soaking in a hot tub on a cold winter night, enjoying the splendor of the night sky without freezing to death!

Outdoor spaces have become more defined and functional and the choices in materials and design have greatly expanded. No longer is a simple outside deck the only standard outdoor space. Patios constructed of beautiful pavers, stone or concrete overlays mimicking stone provide a perfect stage for features such as

  • pergolas
  • fire pits
  • gazebos
  • outdoor kitchens
  • lighted dining and seating areas
  • retaining walls

and more. Consider the concept of a lovely circular patio with plenty of seating surrounding a blazing fire pit! Or imagine a beautiful outdoor kitchen with a nearby dining area. A far cry from yesterday’s charcoal grill and picnic table!

Allied Outdoor Solutions can create the outdoor living area of your dreams. Wherever your imagination takes you, we’ll follow with high-quality materials, planning assistance and expert installation. We’ve worked hard to gain a stellar reputation providing beautiful outdoor living areas in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and surrounding cities. We specialize in pavers, concrete and concrete overlay with a unique product called Carvestone, which provides the look of natural stone with twice the durability of concrete. We do patios, walkways, driveways, fire pits and much more! Browse our amazing gallery of past projects, and contact us to schedule a free consultation. We’ve been part of the Texas home improvement market for more than twenty-five years, providing our clients with honest, dependable, top-quality service!

 

 

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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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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!

 

 

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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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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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Don’t Delay – Use Concrete Overlay Today!


Don’t Delay – Use Concrete Overlay Today!
Outdoor spaces tend to go through a lot of wear and tear from the elements. So if you want to redo your outdoor space, you should consider concrete overlay. What makes concrete overlay such a great choice is that it can go right over an existing surface – which means there isn’t a need for demolition, just preparation of the surface.

Whether you need your pool deck, patio, sidewalk, or driveway to be refinished, you should consider concrete overlay. You have a few different choices for application, whether you want a broom finish (which is regular) or a decorative finish (which can be stamped and stained). We take pride in the fact that we will come and bring samples that are best suited for your home, your taste, and style.

The concrete overlay, when done with stamps and stains, is made to look like stone and can provide a brand-new look for your outdoor space. Concrete overlay can be even made to look like bricks on a stylish sidewalk, or uniquely-shaped stone tiles for around your pool.

Apart from the overall quality appearance of our concrete overlay it also comes with our experienced concrete contractors. Here’s what happens when you call us up:

First, we wash the existing surface with a 4000 PSI power washer. Prepping the surface is so important that we usually take an entire day, making sure that the finished overlay will not come off the surface once we’re finished. Then, we put down a coat of Carvestone material that bonds to the concrete, made with crushed limestone and quartz to give it a realistic appearance and the strength to withstand all elements.

Depending on your preferred pattern, we use a different trowelling technique that ranges from a wavy texture to emulate flagstone to a smooth texture to emulate quarried stone. Carving in the pattern by hand ensures that you get a realistic, durable look. In addition to the texture, we can also mix and match colors to your preference.

Finally, we grout the pattern voids with more Carvestone, and seal the overlay to degloss the surface and make it as slip-resistant as possible.

We also do a pre-walk through and a post-job walk through to make sure the job has been done properly from start to finish. We understand that having concrete overlay is exciting because it will refinish, refurbish, and improve a worn-out space. Let us give you the best experience possible, and get your space done perfectly the first time. Please contact us to learn more about our services.

 

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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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