3 Ways a Pool Deck Overlay Sells Your House Better Than a New Deck

3 Ways a Pool Deck Overlay Sells Your House Better Than a New Deck


The housing market in Texas keeps growing in demand. If you’ve been thinking about relocating or downsizing, now is the perfect time to sell. Find a few key features on your property that you can update to make your house even more appealing to homebuyers. Your pool is one of the features that can give you the best increase in purchase price, especially if it’s outdated but structurally sound.

People fall in love with the look of a house, so update the pool deck to give your whole yard a more modern feel.  Here are three reasons why an overlay works better than replacing the whole deck:

1. Less of your yard’s landscaping will need to be repaired.

Ripping out an entire pool deck requires a lot of tools and demolition. Even when contractors know the best ways to minimize disruption, part of your yard will still be out of commission. Landscaping is expensive to replace, especially if you want it to fit in with the rest of your yard.

But when you choose a pool deck overlay, very little of your yard is disturbed. That means you don’t have to factor landscaping into the total cost or worry about your house losing curb appeal.

2. You have a wide range of possible styles.

Pool deck overlays let you choose between different colors, patterns, and textures. Your new deck can look like anything from natural stones to tile. Pick a style that flows into your home’s design and patio for a huge boost in appeal.

3. You can get a better rate of return.

When you’re updating your house to get a better selling price, you don’t want to spend too much. Expensive renovations can cost far more than they increase your home’s value. If you’re putting your home on the market soon, pick cosmetic changes and the most impactful projects so you get the most possible profit.

Go to Allied Outdoor Solutions to browse our pool deck gallery and get started.


Don’t Regret Hosting Your Next Outdoor Get-Together

Don’t Regret Hosting Your Next Outdoor Get-Together


You’re hosting an outdoor party. The guests are starting to arrive, and you already have kids playing in the backyard pool. That means the first hour of your party is split into a tag-team effort of opening the door for staggered arrivals, keeping an eye on the swimmers, and trying to keep the food in order. At first, it seems like barbecuing should have made everything easier to organize in the moment. If you’re cooking in the backyard where are the activity is, after all, you won’t miss out on anything. Right?

But that’s never the case. You’re going to be running back inside for more ice or bell peppers. Someone’s going to ring the doorbell forty-five minutes in, even though the gate is wide open. Everything feels scattered and rushed. Even worse, everyone’s mingling around the pool where there’s more room to chat. You’re missing out on all the conversations, after all.

This is where an outdoor kitchen steps in.

Outdoor kitchens are more than a stove and a refrigerator that are designed to last outside. An outdoor kitchen is a well-designed, open space that encourages people to sit around the bar counter and to chat with you as you cook. It brings the party back onto your patio so hosting doesn’t turn into such a solitary job.

Outdoor living spaces also give you the functional storage you need so you’re not running back and forth from the house. You can store all your produce and meat in the outdoor refrigerator so the conversation doesn’t even have to pause as you pull it out. Sealed and protected storage space also lets you keep plenty of cups, silverware, and platters ready and waiting.

Even better, an outdoor living space makes you want to host a party again. Go to Allied Outdoor Solutions to see our gallery of outdoor kitchens and find the design that’s right for you.


3 Ways Concrete Overlays Make Your Backyard More Cohesive

3 Ways Concrete Overlays Make Your Backyard More Cohesive


Pool deck and patio fashions change over time. But having matching improvements and features never goes out of style. If you have recently updated your pool deck to give it a more modern style, it might no longer match your patio. If you’ve recently expanded your patio or added a new concrete path in your yard, those new features might also not match the preexisting concrete. Give your whole backyard a consistent update with a concrete overlay. Here are three more reasons to do it:

1. Concrete overlays protect concrete.

Bare concrete is vulnerable to a lot of damage. Mud, rust, and microscopic plants can stain the surface, and deep-set stains don’t always come out. Untreated concrete can also start to crumble in the corners and develop scratches from heavy outdoor furniture.

A concrete overlay shields the underlying concrete from damage. Its surface is also designed to repel physical damage, chemical etching, and stains.

2. Cohesive features look more well-planned.

Your backyard doesn’t have to be completely restyled every time you make a change to it. But making all the features hold the same design elements makes your whole yard feel more cohesive. If you’ve recently added square footage to your patio, you don’t have to wait years for the concrete to gain the same coloring as the older slabs.

Add an overlay that gives all of the surfaces the exact same look and feel. This also helps smooth out the style if the original patio was laid several years ago.

3. You can update your backyard without massive construction.

Construction is loud and messy. If you want to update your yard but you don’t want the headache, an overlay is the right solution. If you preexisting surfaces are structurally stable, our trained experts can apply a strong, beautiful surface on top. Not only is there less mess to clean up, you get to enjoy your new backyard sooner.

Browse our gallery if you want to start finding the right design for your backyard’s concrete surfaces.


Improve Your Outdoor Kitchen with a Concrete Overlay

Improve Your Outdoor Kitchen with a Concrete Overlay


Outdoor kitchens are becoming more and more popular in Texas. While the winters can still get a bit chilly, your backyard is a great place for parties and family dinners all year round. Whether you have a barbecue and an outdoor dining table or your outdoor kitchen has a full array of appliances and tools, don’t forget to give your kitchen the right floor. Here’s why a concrete overlay can help pull your kitchen together:

Make your outdoor kitchen a breeze to clean.

The last thing you want is an outdoor kitchen that gives you problems when the party is over. Cleanup can already be an arduous task, especially if you have a large gathering. If your outdoor kitchen has a bare concrete floor, that makes keeping it clean even harder.

Concrete absorbs stains quickly, especially from liquids, grease, and charcoal. Whether you do a lot of barbecuing in the same spot or someone drops a pitcher full of brightly colored juice, your concrete floor will hold onto those stains until the next pressure washing.

When you finish your outdoor kitchen with a concrete overlay, you make your outdoor kitchen a lot easier to maintain. You can pick a dark tiled pattern that doesn’t show stains. You can also pick a texture that doesn’t shred your mop or grab onto small bits of food. Even better, your overlay gets sealed with a protective coating that repels stains and soot. Then all you have to do is wipe up the stain instead of scrub the floor.

Concrete overlays give your outdoor kitchen the style you’re looking for. They also keep your kitchen easy to use and even easier to clean. Go to Allied Outdoor Solutions here to schedule an appointment or browse our gallery. We can help you build or renovate your outdoor kitchen so it’s the perfect place for a meal all year long.



3 Reasons to Add a Patio Cover to Your New Outdoor Living Area

3 Reasons to Add a Patio Cover to Your New Outdoor Living Area


If you’re transforming your backyard into the perfect outdoor living area for your family, don’t complete construction piece by piece. Instead, design the space to have all the elements you’re looking for so you can start relaxing in the backyard during all four seasons. One of the most important elements that’s often forgotten about is a patio cover. Here are three reasons to incorporate this shady cover into your outdoor living space design as soon as possible:

1. Many patio covers require permits.

If your patio cover is a permanent structure, it probably needs a permit before construction. Every city and county has its own rules about what can be built in your backyard, and those rules change depending on other nearby constructions. Talk to your designer about the right patio cover immediately so you can get the design you want without worrying about complications.

2. Make sure the total design is appealing.

While it’s never too late to add a new element to your outdoor living space, sometimes the overall design looks better when the planning is done at the beginning. If you start considering patio cover designs quickly, the cover will be better integrated. The beams can be built into the patio for better structural support. The cover can be connected to your roof so there aren’t gaps. Even the design aesthetic and wood color integrate better when the planning is cohesive.

3. Keep your outdoor living space comfortable all year round.

A patio cover isn’t just a summer addition. You can have a patio cover that keeps your patio shady during the summer and shielded from the wind in the summer. Pergolas and solid patio covers can also hold fans and electrical extensions for space heaters.

Go to Allied Outdoor Solutions here to schedule an appointment and start protecting your outdoor living space from the elements.





What is Carvestone Concrete Overlay?

Carvestone is the market’s premier concrete overlay product. Its composition is uniquely created for Allied Outdoor Solutions and perfectly suited for our markets in both Texas and Arizona. It is composed of a specialized mixture of materials including limestone and quartz. While the mixture of aggregates and chemistry of the material is extremely important for the life of your project, it is our installation process that sets us apart. We hand-trowel, hand-carve and hand-color the entire surface. Each project is custom designed to meet the specific needs of each client we work with. Whether the work is done on a sidewalk, patio, driveway or pool deck, our Carvestone product will be installed for function and created for luxury. Our experienced oversight will help you select the right blend of color and texture so that it won’t burn your feet in the summer or become too slippery when wet. Don’t forget, our Carvestone overlay system comes complete with a 7-year warranty!   Contact us today.


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Why Pool Deck Resurfacing is Probably Your Best Option

Why Pool Deck Resurfacing is Probably Your Best Option


If you think that you might need pool deck resurfacing, then you’re probably right. An old, worn out, or faded pool desk is definitely not pleasant to look at, and tearing it down altogether is rather expensive. Your best bet is to just have it resurfaced to easily and affordably bring it back to its original glory. Take a look at why pool deck resurfacing is probably your best option.


A simple resurfacing of your pool deck is sometimes all it takes to significantly increase the value of your home and your property. You’ll know it’s time to do it when your pool deck really starts to show its age. And even if it’s still in pretty good shape, you may need to have it resurfaced in order to keep up with the changing times and styles. It’s the perfect way to revitalize your pool area and really get the most out of it.


Sometimes falls are just inevitable, but if you’re noticing that you or your kids are taking quite a few spills, the problem may very well be due to the surface of your pool deck. Having it resurfaced can completely change the texture of it, thus making it safer for everybody.

More Durable

You can’t control the weather, but you can do what you need to do in order to protect your pool deck from it. A simple coating on top of your resurfaced concrete will effectively seal your deck and protect it from the elements. This will also prevent unnecessary maintenance and damage from occurring.

Contact us today at Allied Outdoor Solutions to learn more about pool deck resurfacing and what it can do for you and your home.



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4 Ways an Outdoor Kitchen Can Improve Your Quality of Life in Austin, Texas

4 Ways an Outdoor Kitchen Can Improve Your Quality of Life in Austin, Texas

Residents of Austin, Texas are always searching for more ways to enjoy the great weather of the region. Adding an outdoor kitchen to your property offers the chance to turn your backyard into a new living space. Where you can not only relax and enjoy the weather, but also prepare and serve wonderful meals without ever leaving your guests. Here are four ways an outdoor kitchen can improve your outdoor living.

Outdoor landscape

An outdoor kitchen adds a major style element to your outdoor space. It acts as a central focal point of the outdoor space where people congregate. It is easy to tie in the current theme of your landscaping within the kitchen, or start new and design the kitchen with an entire new theme. An outdoor kitchen gives your backyard that wow factor that transforms an average yard into your dream space.

Family time

Creating an outdoor kitchen offers an ideal place for a family to spend time. It allows for family interaction during meals as well as a place to sit and bond. Families tend to go their separate ways while indoors. An outdoor space has the benefit of having no walls or barriers to separate family members.


Entertaining is a popular activity for couples and families alike. An outdoor kitchen gives you the ultimate entertaining space to enjoy the great Austin, Texas weather while mingling with friends. You will have everything you need to prepare and serve meals as well as drinks. It also offers the convenience of not having to run inside every time someone needs something.

Home value

Home improvements almost always increase your home’s value, but not by the amount you spent on it. Some improvements increase it more than others monetarily and some improve its desirability on the housing market. An outdoor kitchen is a major selling point if you are considering selling your house in the near future. It will garner the attention of those looking for an improved outdoor space where they can spend time with friends and family.

If you would like more information on an outdoor kitchen for your Austin, Texas home, please contact us.


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Allied Outdoor Solutions – Outdoor Kitchen

Pool Deck Overlay: Turn Your Outdated Pool Deck Into An Eye-Catching Backyard Attraction

Pool Deck Overlay: Turn Your Outdated Pool Deck Into An Eye-Catching Backyard Attraction


When was the last time you took a good look at your pool deck? The next time you walk outside, you should take a good look at it. Your pool deck should be able to withstand any type of summertime action. Your home’s pool deck should make your home’s pool as eye-catching as it can possibly get. If no one wants to step one foot onto your pool deck because it looks like it could give in at any moment or if it looks outdated, you may want to think about resurfacing your pool deck.

If you are not sure if your pool deck needs to have a makeover, here are some strong signs that it does:

Pool Deck Is Worn

If you have many people coming over to your home to take a dip in your pool, it is likely that your pool deck has seen its fair share of foot traffic. Your pool deck is also exposed to plenty of sunlight and plenty of chemicals from the pool water. When your pool deck is resurfaced, the damages to your pool deck will be reversed and your deck will look as good as new.

Pool Deck Looks “Old-Fashioned”

Have you had any complaints from your children that your pool deck looks old-fashioned? If your pool deck no longer has the “wow” appeal that it first had, it is time to give your deck a makeover. You can significantly change the appearance of your backyard just by updating your pool deck. You do not have to deal with a pool deck that makes you shake your head every time you look at it.

If you are tired of looking at your outdated pool deck and you are tired of hearing the complaints, contact us today to find out what we can do to restore your pool deck.


Allied Outdoor Solutions Pool Deck Overlay

Allied Outdoor Solutions Pool Deck Overlay

Concrete Overlay Solutions to Give Your Backyard A Makeover

Concrete Overlay Solutions to Give Your Backyard A Makeover


Concrete overlay is a versatile solution to makeover pavements and give features like patios and paths a more attractive look and feel. The choices of overlay include natural stone finishes and colors to achieve just the look you are looking for. Overlays can also be applied as a finish for new concrete, and as an alternative to more costly materials like natural stone or brick pavers.


Concrete Overlay Is More Than a New Finish

The overlay finish of concrete is used for mainly to give pavement surfaces a more attractive look. The process involves applying a layer of a special cement mixture to the surface of pavements and applying realistic textures and colors by hand. Unlike methods like stamped concrete, hand applied concrete layover will give surfaces a realistic looking finish.

Why Using Concrete Overlay is Right for Your Landscaping Design

Many other options for pavement finishes will require you to remove old pavements, but with concrete layover techniques, existing pavements are left in place and a new finish layer is applied to the existing materials. The layover cuts costs, creates a realistic look and gives you more options to finish pavements.

The Many Affordable Pavement Finishes with Concrete Overlay Colors and Textures

With natural stone, pavers and stamped concrete, you are limited to fewer choices when it comes to finishes on the surface. Concrete layover gives you a choice of colors and textures that are applied behind to create the look you want for the pavement surfaces around your landscaping.


Giving concrete, an attractive finish is simple and affordable with overlay. Contact us to give any plain pavements and concrete around your home an elegant look with an overlay finish.


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Concrete Overlay