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What is the difference between quartz and pebble plaster?

What is the difference between quartz and pebble plaster? 

 

Are you building a new pool or is your existing pool needing a make-over?  One of the many decisions that go into building or remodeling a pool is the interior finish also commonly known as plaster.  Plaster manufacturers, types and colors are plentiful.  Let Allied Outdoor Solutions help you with this complex and sometimes confusing product.  We have completed thousands of back yard pool remodels.  Two of the most common questions we are asked during consultations is what is the difference between pebble, specifically mini-pebble, and quartz? 

 

 Let’s explore that question together.

 

Similarities of quartz and mini-pebble plaster:

  • Both are interior plaster finishes for your pool
  • Both can come with limited lifetime warranties 
  • Both consist of white cement and natural minerals
  • Both require a highly skilled installation team

 

Differences of quartz and mini pebble plaster:

  • The size of the aggregate.  Quartz uses a much finer stone, so much more of the plaster is visible. 
  • Some quartz are synthetic.
  • There is a similar feel and finish with quartz and pebble, but the more aggregate the stone, the less likely for color discoloration.
  • Mini pebble will last longer. 
  • Quartz base products are more cost efficient.
  • Quartz has a tendency to crack more frequently than pebble.
  • In the long term, pebble is more durable and has less discolorations. 
  • If the design calls for plaster to be exposed above the water line, pebble will be the only option. 
  • Quartz products require a more sensitive start up. 
  • Pebble products require a simple pressure wash after installation.          
  • Pebble will be more resistant to chemical changes. 
  • Quartz products require more maintenance 
  • Quartz products are more sensitive to chemical variations.
  • Mini pebble tends to have better bonding properties.
  • Mini pebble will provide a greater variance of color options due to the pebble variations they have in the mixtures provided. 
  • Mini pebble will give a consistent flow of the color and consistency to your pool surfacing. Whereas 
  • Quartz can allow possibilities of streaking and not consistent coloring throughout your pool

For these reasons, Allied Outdoor Solutions does not typically plaster a pool with quartz. Based on thousands of completed pool remodels we have seen that mini-pebble is easier to maintain and easier to keep clean.

 

We are looking forward to the opportunity to assist with your project and help you select the correct plaster that is bound to make a splash!

 

 

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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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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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