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Five Interesting Facts About Patios

Five Interesting Facts About Patios

 

Patios have become increasingly popular across America. Almost three out of five new houses have them. Common accessories include fire pits, barbecue grills and Adirondack chairs. To learn more about this appealing outdoor living trend, check out these facts:

1. Some of the most common surface materials include flagstone, brick, concrete, cobblestone and terracotta. The most suitable choice differs depending on the local climate and personal preferences. Many patios are rectangular or square, but circular designs and other shapes are also possible.

2. A patio can be covered with a pergola. This is a wooden grid supported by columns. Some owners grow vines over their pergolas; desirable species include wisteria and Virginia creeper. Other individuals choose to install fiberglass panels on the top.

3. The first patios existed in Spain and were based on a Roman creation known as the atrium. They were incorporated into the designs of some palaces and cathedrals in the 1400s. Spanish colonists eventually introduced patios to the western hemisphere by building them in South America.

4. During the 1950s, this outdoor living area rapidly gained popularity in the United States. Many people also bought barbecue grills and weather-resistant furnishings. Metal and plastic outdoor chairs became available, making it easier to use furniture outside without extensive maintenance work.

5. Today’s patios continue to provide many benefits. They raise the resale values of homes. Their hard, quick-drying surfaces deter pest insects and help extend the life of outdoor furnishings. The flame-resistant materials are easy to clean and demand much less upkeep than wooden decks or porches.

If you yearn to spend more time outdoors and enjoy barbecues, parties or relaxation on a patio, we can help. Our patio contractors in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Ft Worth Texas know how to construct safe, long-lasting outdoor living areas with attractive designs. Please contact us for a quote or further information.

 

 

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Why You Should Invest In A Patio Cover

Why You Should Invest In A Patio Cover

 

Your gorgeous patio is now finished and you love every square inch of it. However, now you have the great debate of whether or not you should have a patio cover installed. The answer to this question is a resounding yes! There are so many awesome benefits that come along with investing in a patio cover and three of them will be discussed here.

Preserves Your Patio

The cost to install your patio was not cheap and it is something that you’d like to keep around for a long time. Repairs to your patio can be costly, and one big reason why you may need repairs is because your patio is constantly being exposed to the elements. A great way to slow down this weathering and deterioration process is to install a patio cover. This patio cover blocks your patio from a lot of the elements that it would otherwise come in contact with regularly, such as rain, snow, sun exposure, etc. This alone can save you a great deal of money in the long run and makes a patio cover an excellent investment.

You Get More Out Of Your Space

When you choose to install a patio cover to go over your patio, you are going to get a lot more out of your space. This is due to the fact that you can use the patio in different weather conditions that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to comfortably. It also makes it much more enjoyable and relaxing to cook, eat, and otherwise entertain outside because of the extra protection it offers.

Increases The Value Of Your Home 

When you invest in a patio cover, you are increasing the overall value of your home. Your patio and patio cover are seen as extended living space, which will help your home to appraise for more. Also, if you did want to sell your home at some point, potential buyers will likely be more interested in your home if you have a gorgeous patio and protective patio cover.

To learn more about why you should invest in a patio cover, visit us today at Allied Outdoor Solutions.

 

 

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Spruce up Your Outdoor Living Areas for Fall Entertainment In Houston – Dallas – Austin, Texas

Three Ways to Spruce up Your Outdoor Living Areas for Fall Entertainment In Houston – Dallas – Austin, Texas

One of the best things about living in Texas is that the weather is generally nice, year-round. You can truly enjoy your outdoor living areas, to relax and spend time with friends and family. However, the amount of pleasure you’ll get out of your space is directly related to how well it functions. Here are three fantastic ways to enhance your outdoor living areas so you get the most enjoyment possible from them this fall.

Start From The Ground Up

If your patio, sidewalks and pool deck are cracked, broken or stained, fall is the perfect time to get them back in shape. In most cases, replacement isn’t an absolute necessity, it’s actually easier, less time consuming and less expensive to resurface them. Concrete overlays hide imperfections, create a smooth surface, and enhance the beauty of your yard. Whether you have a modern, conventional or rustic home, overlays can be created to match the style and colors that best suit your tastes. What’s more, they will last for many years to come, making them a good investment.

Create A Focal Point

Perhaps one of the most attractive, and useful, additions to an outdoor living area is a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. Placed in the center of a seating area, it provides warmth and light, creating a cozy retreat. It also gives you and your family the opportunity to roast marshmallows for s’mores, or to cook hotdogs on a stick, just like at camp. At the other end of the spectrum is a water feature. From a small fountain to a larger waterfall and pond, water features are a beautiful, soothing addition to your patio, yard, or garden areas.

Make It Comfortable

The whole idea of having an outdoor living area is to enjoy it as much as possible. Comfortable, weatherproof furniture and adequate lighting, therefore, are a must. A beautiful patio cover or pergola will help keep the rain and sun from dampening your enjoyment. Large potted plants and trellises help create a cozy, private space without enclosing the area completely. And, of course, nothing beats a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, conveniently located near your lounge area.

If your outdoor space isn’t fulfilling your needs, contact us at Allied Outdoor Solutions. Whether you have small yard, or a sprawling estate, our experts will help you achieve the look and feel you’ve always dreamed of.

 

 

 

Dallas Outdoor Patio Ideas in Fall

3 Occasions When You Will Be Glad You Invested in an Outdoor Living Area

As spring rolls around each year, you promise yourself that this is the year you are going to make improvements to your outdoor space and enjoy it. For one reason or another, you put off adding that new patio or outdoor kitchen, and the summer passes you by. This year is the right time to improve your outdoor space with an outdoor living area. With a new outdoor kitchen, patio or fire pit, you can plan some amazing events this summer for your family and friends. Here are three occasions when you will love having an improved space.

 

Fourth of July

This year, celebrate the birth of the country in style with a new outdoor kitchen. You will be able to take your burgers and hotdogs to a whole new level. With an outdoor kitchen, you will have plenty of work area to prepare the sides that go with your meal. If you add an outdoor refrigerator, you will have space to keep easily spoiled items without constantly running in and out of the house.

 

Dinner Party

Invite your favorite friends over to enjoy your new outdoor space. Instead of hosting the dinner party inside, move your party out on to your new deck. If you invest in an outdoor kitchen, you can prepare the food there while visiting with your friends. You will find your friends angling for dinner invitations for the rest of the summer.

 

Kid’s Night

You do not want to leave the youngest members of your family out of the fun. Let your children invite their friends over for an evening of outdoor fun. You can bring out the board games and let the kids play on the new patio or enjoy a pizza cooked in your outdoor kitchen after running around the yard. At the end of the evening, you can start-up the fire pit, and let the kids make their own s’mores.

 

At Allied Outdoor Solutions, we are ready to help you plan your new outdoor space. Contact us today to learn more.

 

 

Allied Outdoor Solutions Outdoor Living Patio and Pergola in Austin TX

 

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We have worked hard to develop a great reputation with carvestone, pavers, concrete, and outdoor living areas. In Texas we service Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and all cities in between. We also service Phoenix and surrounding areas in Arizona.
– Drew Williams, President


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Allied Outdoor Solutions has been serving our customers with beautiful products and great customer service at a fair market price for over 10 years. In that time we’re grateful to have completed over 17,000 projects for our customers.

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Pavers

“Pavers are the most durable hardscaping option available to homeowner’s but it’s the first class installation procedures that will determine how long they will stay beautiful. Decades of experience will help ensure that Allied Outdoor Solutions (Houston Pavers and Metroplex Pavers) is the correct choice for you.”
– Justin Cheney, Vice President

Our Process


If you choose a paver application, there are a number of routes you can go: overlay, remove and replace and starting from scratch. Our most common application is the remove and replace. Our process for a standard remove and replace paver installation begins with the demolition of the existing surface. We will first remove the existing hardscape (concrete/stone/pavers) and then excavate down another 4”-6” in order to create a 8”-10” paver system. We will build the area back up by using a stabilized and compacted base material before applying a small amount of bedding sand for the pavers to nestle down into. There will be an edge restraint poured around the outside which will help keep everything intact. That edge restraint will be concrete with rebar in it. Once the pavers are laid, we fill in the joints with polymeric sand. Polymeric sand has the look of grout and will help inhibit weed growth and prevent sand loss and joint erosion. Pavers may be a bigger investment on the front end, but as you can see above, we are building a durable system that will last for many years to come.

Applications

Whether it is a driveway, walkway, patio or retaining wall, pavers can certainly be the correct application for you. There are many styles to select from and plenty of colors to ensure that your project will flow with the rest of your home. In some cases we are able to overlay your existing concrete with our pavers and offer you all of the beauty of the paver system at a fraction of the cost. Your project consultant will be able to diagnose the situation and offer you a solution that best fits your needs.


Credentials

ICPI certified
You can relax knowing that we have done our homework so that you don’t have to. We have gone to great lengths to keep ourselves up to date on installation training and methods so that we make sure that every project in installed the way that we would install it if we working in our own backyard.

Belgard Authorized Contractor
Because we are one of the few contractors across the state to be recognized this way by Belgard, the homeowner is rewarded with a lifetime warranty on the paver itself. While a paver is a durable product to begin with, it must be installed by an authorized contractor in order to have the backing of the warranty given. This is because the correct installation of the paver is what will determine its’ longevity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pavers require far less maintenance than other hardscape materials. Their strength and durability eliminate costly patching or re-surfacing while providing a long-lasting, dependable surface that is both aesthetically pleasing and lasts for many years. The modular nature of pavers assures that they can easily be replaced or repaired as needed. A seal is not something that is required which can help offset the initial project cost.

Not typically. Because pavers consist of small, high-density units, they resist the long, unsightly cracks that can mar ordinary concrete.

While any cement product will change color over time or be impacted by outside forces, pavers are less absorbent than other applications. Pavers are rated for less than 5% absorption, which is considerably lower than asphalt and poured concrete. This aids in resistance to oil and salt, both common destructive agents in the life and appearance of other paved surfaces.

Yes, they are. Inch for inch, pavers are stronger and more durable than conventional surfacing materials. Pavers can easily handle the daily weight stresses of cars and trucks. In fact, they are currently being installed on airport runways!

We offer a 2 year workmanship warranty and a lifetime product warranty on any Belgard paver installation.