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What to Look for In a Concrete Overlay Contractor in Dallas/Ft. Worth

What to Look for In a Concrete Overlay Contractor in Dallas/Ft. Worth

The Dallas/Ft. Worth area is blessed with warm weather for most of the year which helps make outdoor living areas more useable. It’s little wonder that more people are now creating outdoor kitchens, resurfacing their pool decks, adding pergolas, resurfacing their driveways, adding a patio to the backyard and overlaying existing concrete or pea gravel.

What is Carvestone Concrete Overlay?

Carvestone is such a durable and adaptable material that it can be applied with equal success in high stress and high visibility locations: driveways, patios, pool decks, and even vertical surfaces. Given a strong, stable substrate, we can cover concrete, pea gravel, cool deck, brick pool copings, and more. If you don’t have the surface required for a carvestone application or would like to expand the one you do have, we can pour the concrete to facilitate these changes. Our project consultants have gone through extensive product training and can readily discern the types of surfaces where a carvestone application will be most successful.

Customization: Unlike many overlay products, carvestone is flexible enough to coordinate with the existing character of your backyard.

Durability: Carvestone surfaces achieve strengths of approximately 6000 PSI, twice as strong as concrete.

Slip Resistant: We’ve built two layers of defense against slipperiness into our processes.

Cool Surface: Carvestone is cooler than many alternative surfaces including pea gravel, painted concrete, pavers, and stamped concrete.

 

The Five Things to Look for in a Concrete Overlay Contractor in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

When looking to have any contractor work on your home, you should make sure that they meet the following criteria.

Licensed & Insured: The proper concrete overlay contractor in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX will be fully licensed to do such work and have the proper insurance so in case something happens you are not left with the bill.

Professional Installers: The best companies use skilled, trained personnel to create, build and install your kitchen outdoors. They will know what to do from the moment they arrive and will have many positive customer reviews as well that demonstrates their skill level.

Experienced: Knowing what to do is a vital part of constructing outdoor kitchens, especially considering the different types of challenges that backyards present. You want a company with years of experience in this kind of work.

Wide Variety of Choices: From simple colors to detailed designs, the company you choose should have plenty of choices that will help you design and create the nicest outdoor area for you to use.

Reasonable Price: Overall, the price should be reasonable for such an endeavor. But make sure you are getting the best price to service ratio.  The cheapest contractor is usually not the best and would probably not provide a warranty.

It’s little wonder that Allied Outdoor Solutions is the best choice to Beautify Your Concrete and install the nicest and most durable concrete overlay.  Contact us today for a free in home estimate.

 

 

 

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Freshen Up Your Outdoor Living Area with a Concrete Overlay

Freshen Up Your Outdoor Living Area with a Concrete Overlay

Although the idea of spending time in your backyard might sound extremely nice, many homeowners do not take advantage of their outdoor living area for a number of reasons. If you want to start spending more time outside, you need to eliminate any problems or negative qualities about your backyard. For instance, whether you initially created a beautiful outdoor living area or you bought the home with one, it may not have aged that well, and now has become a deserted place on your property.

Fixing it up does not have to be hard when you take advantage of a concrete overlay.

Take the Old and Make it Look New

Without attractive flooring, you will have a tough time selling any space. As for the outdoors, your concrete may not be in the best condition, but you can take the old and make it look new again. Whether you want a design that is simple, intricate, or matching, the choice is in your hands.

Start Enjoying the Space Again

By taking your old concrete and making it attractive, you can start using the space again. It might be necessary to take on some other projects, such as repainting, refinishing, or buying new furniture. However, instead of trying to avoid looking outside at your unkempt outdoor space, you can be proud to open the windows in the day and start inviting family and friends for backyard gatherings.

Improve Outdoor Safety

Another important quality that comes with a concrete overlay is improved outdoor safety. If you have cracked concrete, you do not want people walking around with the danger of tripping and falling down.

Contact us if you would like to learn more about your options for a concrete overlay.

 

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Outdoor Living Areas for the Coming New Year: The Aesthetic Difference with a Pergola

Outdoor Living Areas for the Coming New Year: The Aesthetic Difference with a Pergola

An outdoor living area needs a design for year-round use, and a pergola provides the promise of this through the winter, spring, or summer. If you don’t know what a pergola is, it’s somewhat like a patio cover, except it’s more open on top and focuses on a unique aesthetic for personal stylization. While they do provide some shade from the sun during the summer, the open spaces accommodate more elaborate architectural design. But they leave room for customization for use during other seasons.

With winter now here, a pergola can still be used as a great place to entertain your guests. And in the spring, when blooms are out in your garden, consolidation with your pergola is easily done in one unique way.

Using a Pergola Through the Seasons

Through the winter, customization is always possible with your pergola thanks to its open space on the top and the sides. Many people now connect curtains to their pergola to provide protection from the weather, plus privacy. By using a UV-protected canopy on the top of the pergola, you’re also protected from the rain and snow when you want to use it for a space to do holiday entertaining.

While you’ll love your pergola in the winter, spring will bring even more enjoyment since you can grow vines and other plants around the support beams. This adds a whole other layer of customization that makes entertaining outdoors a unique experience. Imagine being able to enjoy the blooms of plants around the sides of your pergola as a curtain provided by nature.

Then, in the summer, it turns into a great place to relax and add unique style to your backyard area. For many confused on what designates a patio cover from a pergola, the latter is strictly about open design for a classy look. Designs are easily made differently depending on personal style, which makes the pergola such a popular choice for so many backyards.

contact us here at Allied Outdoor Solutions in the new year so we can help build a pergola for you to enjoy through 2015. Made with durable materials, you’ll be able to use your pergola for a long time as the new popular alternative to how people use their patio spaces.

Pergola installation in Houston, Dallas, Austin, TX

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Concrete Resurfacing for your Walkways

Concrete Resurfacing – Houston, Dallas, Austin


Your concrete sidewalks and other walkways are second only to your driveway in the amount of traffic they see. Often, they are treated with salts in the winter months as well as other harsh and abrasive cleaners. All that wear and tear from daily traffic and chemical abuse can have a huge toll on your walkways. You could start seeing abrasions, stains, cracking, and eventual freeze thaw damage. However, the good news is the damage is typically only superficial and it’s possible to easily restore your high traffic walkways while avoiding the costly measures of having to remove and replace the walkway. This being possible by the use of a concrete overlay coating, such as carvestone.

Concrete Resurfacing for your Walkways in Houston, Dallas, and Austin, TX.

When we saw your ad in the magazine, we knew that we had found what we were looking for, but when we saw it applied in person, we were blown away!

B. Caswell

We love the versatility of your product. Your ability to create the pattern and color that we wanted really made our decision easy.

J. Svatek

Your product has the look of real stone, but has the unique ability to be crafted into virtually any design and color, a great combination.

J. Bethke

Consider Carvestone

Carvestone was developed in 1992 as a concrete coating that would have the appearance and feel of real stone, but with all the benefits of concrete. Originally, carvestone was used to restore historical buildings due to its durability and the ease at which it can be tooled and colored to match any layout. Carvestone is a blend of concretes and minerals, such as limestone and quartz, and provides a strong and durable coating that won’t wear down or crack under normal circumstances. If it does crack, however, repairs are not only quick and easy but virtually unnoticeable!

Carvestone is a great option and can transform your backyard.

Our Projects

Each carvestone project we do is treated as a work of art. Our carvestone is hand tooled into the shapes or patterns you think would best suit your space; no stencils, no stones, and no tape required. It is also hand colored using a wide variety of shades to choose from. Our projects are guaranteed slip and chip resistant, durable, and one of a kind. Each one comes with a seven year warranty, and not because we ever see anything actually go wrong with the projects, but because we want our customers to know they’re in good hands.

If you want a beautiful one of a kind treatment for your concrete walkway that lasts, consider our carvestone treatments. If you would like to know more or see our gallery of examples, feel free to contact us.

Pool Deck in Houston, Austin, and Dallas

Allied Outdoor Solutions will upgrade your Pool Deck in Houston, Austin, and Dallas


Resurfacing your pool deck can be a fantastic way to breathe new life into a backyard after moving into a house, but the process can be confusing if it’s your first time getting this project done. Instead of being concerned over costs or the work that’s involved with resurfacing the deck, it’s helpful to look into what to expect. Carvestone is a great option and can transform your backyard.

When we saw your ad in the magazine, we knew that we had found what we were looking for, but when we saw it applied in person, we were blown away!

B. Caswell

We love the versatility of your product. Your ability to create the pattern and color that we wanted really made our decision easy.

J. Svatek

Your product has the look of real stone, but has the unique ability to be crafted into virtually any design and color, a great combination.

J. Bethke

Free Ideas to Update your Pool Deck

-Power Wash to Take Care of Grime
The first step to resurfacing a pool deck is getting the surface power washed. While this can be done on your own, professionals can help get the deepest clean using power washing equipment. The powerful jet can help remove grime and debris that have been let to sit on the pool deck.

-Grind Away Any Damage
If your pool deck has any kind of damage, it may be a good idea to get it grinded away. A wood grinding tool can help buff out any splinters and minor damage, leaving the deck smooth.

-Adding Vibrancy to the Deck Color
Wooden pool decks are unique in that they can become dull in color after a few years. To take care of this, consider getting the deck updated with a new stain. With all of your options for stains, you can add new color to the deck.

-Pouring a Cement Overlay on Top
If your pool deck is cement or has natural stone, you may want to get it resurfaced using a cement overlay. In this case, you can be picky when looking over the variations in colors and patterns.
Please contact us for more information regarding resurfacing pool decks.

Important qualities to have in a contractor?

Experience, first and foremost. A contractor’s experience is reflected in the work. Secondly, strong communication skills are necessary to ensure that you get the quality work you’ve paid for. Thirdly, and this doesn’t get mentioned enough, thoroughness. The contractor should maintain a presentable job site, complete the project to your satisfaction and protect the investments you’ve made in your home and landscaping.

Houston Concrete

Why choose Houston Concrete?


Unlike many companies, Houston Concrete offers the assurance of a professional, experienced general foreman who inspects and works at every jobsite, every day.

Houston Concrete and Lonestar Concrete are dba’s of Allied Outdoor Solutions.

When we saw your ad in the magazine, we knew that we had found what we were looking for, but when we saw it applied in person, we were blown away!

B. Caswell

We love the versatility of your product. Your ability to create the pattern and color that we wanted really made our decision easy.

J. Svatek

Your product has the look of real stone, but has the unique ability to be crafted into virtually any design and color, a great combination.

J. Bethke

Concrete Driveway, Stamped Concrete, Concrete Outdoor Surfaces, and Decorative Concrete

Concrete Driveway
Houston Concrete can build you a concrete driveway in Houston that will add an aesthetical atmosphere and increase the value of your home. Using a time-tested and intricate process, we work hard to provide a stable, solid finish so the concrete will remain strong throughout the years.

We broom the surface, so it will be slip-resistant and even check for drainage control as well as manage cracking.

We will work with you and educate you about the process, giving you the power to make informed decisions about the direction of the project. Our crew will always provide you with excellent customer service.

Stamped Concrete
Houston Concrete is the one name to remember for stamped concrete in Houston. We only use time-tested, quality materials during our optimal processes, to ensure that you benefit from excellent workmanship.

Whether it is building a driveway, pool deck or patio, we always aim for perfection from the first batch of concrete laid until the finishing touches are made. Our crewmembers are bonded and insured, for your protection and they are highly experienced.

Rest assured, our crewmembers will educate you about the entire process, so you know everything that is going on. We believe in keeping a strong line of communication open and will always keep you up to date, so there are no surprises.

Concrete Outdoor Surfaces
For decorative or just plain concrete, Houston Concrete is the one name you need to remember. We can lay concrete for your driveway, patio or pool deck. Using a very detailed process, we make sure the concrete is smooth, drains well, resists cracking, looks great and remains strong, so you can enjoy it for years with proper maintenance.

Our crew are bonded, insured and have plenty of experience. They will keep you informed about every step of the process, even the cleanup. We are members of the Better Business Bureau and have an unrivaled reputation within the Houston market. When you need experienced people to help you with laying concrete, give us a call.

Decorative Concrete
In Houston, decorative concrete can add value as well as beauty to homes within the nation’s fourth largest city. Houston Concrete is the place where you can get decorative concrete for your driveway, pool deck or patio.

We have an experienced general foreman that always inspects and works every jobsite. By employing our expertise, knowledge, communication skills and integrity, we can construct decorative concrete designs made to order. You can always expect professionalism and courtesy from our crewmembers, some who are bilingual.

Decorative concrete not only looks great, it is strong and long lasting. We have earned the trust and confidence of our customers over the years and once you contact us, you will see why!

What are the most important qualities to have in a concrete contractor?

Experience, first and foremost. A contractor’s experience is reflected in the work. Secondly, strong communication skills are necessary to ensure that you get the quality work you’ve paid for. Thirdly, and this doesn’t get mentioned enough, thoroughness. The contractor should maintain a presentable job site, complete the project to your satisfaction and protect the investments you’ve made in your home and landscaping.

Houston Pavers

Make a Difference in Your Patio with Houston Pavers


  • Many Colors, Shapes, Sizes Available
  • Low Maintenance
  • No Cracking, Less Absorbent
  • Strong, Long-Lasting

When we saw your ad in the magazine, we knew that we had found what we were looking for, but when we saw it applied in person, we were blown away!

B. Caswell

We love the versatility of your product. Your ability to create the pattern and color that we wanted really made our decision easy.

J. Svatek

Your product has the look of real stone, but has the unique ability to be crafted into virtually any design and color, a great combination.

J. Bethke

Patio Pavers in Houston from Houston Pavers Enhance your Outdoor Living Space!

Getting patio pavers for Houston homes can enhance the beauty of anyone’s residence. Houston Pavers will install pavers for patios that match your home’s décor as well as your taste. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, so you can custom make your own design. Their strength and durability practically eliminates the need for maintenance and you will never have to worry about cracking. They also are less absorbent. Since pavers are so strong (up to 3,000 psi), you can park your car, truck, RV or SUV on them and they will still last for years.
You can find more information here.

Allied Outdoor Solutions dba Houston Pavers and Metroplex Pavers

Decorative Concrete in Houston

Decorative Concrete in Houston TX


Looking for options with decorative concrete in Houston TX?

When it comes to adding real value to your home, one of the best options is to improve the paved areas of your front and back yards. A new driveway, patio, front porch and walkways are excellent at providing a practical addition to your property that is attractive and long lasting. However, you have options beyond using ordinary concrete when it comes to making improvements to your home.

Decorative concrete is growing in popularity thanks to its unique appearance that combines an aesthetically pleasing look with the strength and durability of concrete. Today, more homeowners are choosing decorative concrete from Houston Concrete for their new patios, walkways and pool decks.

When we saw your ad in the magazine, we knew that we had found what we were looking for, but when we saw it applied in person, we were blown away!

B. Caswell

We love the versatility of your product. Your ability to create the pattern and color that we wanted really made our decision easy.

J. Svatek

Your product has the look of real stone, but has the unique ability to be crafted into virtually any design and color, a great combination.

J. Bethke

What is Decorative Concrete?

Decorative concrete is more than just simple, white concrete stones used for pavement purposes as it adds a real aesthetic value to the mixture as well. The different materials that are added do not detract from the inherent strength of the concrete, but instead add different colors and textures which make it appropriate for the same types of uses as standard concrete.

Decorative concrete can be used in the same manner as standard concrete for the home which includes the patio, walkways, driveways and more. It is somewhat more expensive than standard concrete, but the added aesthetic value really adds to the beauty of the home.

Concrete resurfacing in Houston does not have to mean tearing up your whole backyard or driveway and you can have something that will last longer and look better as well. For more on concrete resurfacing in Houston with CarveStone, call us today at 1-800-GO-STONE.

Why Choose Decorative Concrete?

There are a number of reasons to consider decorative concrete in Houston. For many homeowners, decorative concrete has really expanded the way they have been able to add real value to their properties.

Color Choices: Because homeowners are not limited to one choice of colors as they are with standard concrete options, they can choose the right color that really augments their landscaping. Darker colors in particular help highlight certain aspects of their yard which simply isn’t possible with standard concrete.

Different Textures: Not only is decorative concrete a different color, but it offers different textures as well. This is due to the materials which are added to the concrete in the mixing process. You can go over the options with the best decorative concrete Houston TX contractor to ensure that you get the right texture and color of your choice.

Durable: Decorative concrete retains the same elements that make standard concrete an attractive option as well. This form of concrete is highly durable and long lasting, able to withstand the elements for many years to come. This is one reason why durable concrete makes for a great investment.

There is little doubt that durable concrete offers many options for homeowners who are looking to improve the aesthetic look of their property with a long-term investment that will also preserve the resale value as well. The many different choices that this form of concrete offers allows homeowners real options when it comes to creating pool decks, patios and porches that stand out in their yard.

You can start the process by contacting the professional decorative concrete contractors Houston Concrete who have the knowledge, experience and expertise to install what you need to improve your home. Plus, you can actually choose the type and color of concrete that works best with the overall look of your property as well.

Concrete Coating Houston

Choose Carvestone for Concrete Coating in Houston Homes


  • Lasts for Years and Stronger than Concrete
  • Looks Just Like Real Stone
  • No Messy Tear-Outs Involved
  • Each Job is Handcrafted

When we saw your ad in the magazine, we knew that we had found what we were looking for, but when we saw it applied in person, we were blown away!

B. Caswell

We love the versatility of your product. Your ability to create the pattern and color that we wanted really made our decision easy.

J. Svatek

Your product has the look of real stone, but has the unique ability to be crafted into virtually any design and color, a great combination.

J. Bethke

Try CarveStone When You Need Concrete Coating in Houston

Your home’s curb appeal can include a driveway that not only functions as a pathway for cars, but also has the look and feel that fits in with your home’s design. Concrete coating can be expensive and there is always the possibility you could have cracking and other problems within a few years. However, there are better options for concrete coating. In Houston, you can get Carvestone, which is stronger, better-looking and can be custom-made for less than you would pay for real stone. Allied Outdoor Solutions in Houston installs Carvestone to help bring style and personality to driveways, patios, walkways and pool decks that would otherwise look bland. They accomplish this with no messy tear outs and by crafting each and every job by hand to fit exactly what the customer wants. Our experts will hand-grout, hand-carve and hand-trowel any project involving concrete resurfacing. In Houston, you need something that will take the abuse the weather dishes out as well as the heavy load of cars, trucks and other vehicles on your driveway. It is also great for pool deck resurfacing. Carvestone can meet the demands needed for a solid concrete surface that will fulfill every desire you have for your home.

Some use other methods such as spray-on or stamped concrete for concrete coating. Houston is known for foundation problems and erratic weather, so doing it using these methods sometimes results in cracks within a short period of time. CarveStone is known to last as long as a decade and even longer. Some concrete overlay projects will only last about two to three years. CarveStone also comes with a 7-year warranty in the rare instance that something should happen.

Also, Carvestone has a more realistic stone appearance than stamped concrete and spray-on, which can really enhance the look of your home and add value to it. Also, it is stronger than concrete, with a 5800 PSI rating.

Another great aspect of having Carvestone installed is that there are no messy tear outs. Methods such as stamped concrete coating in Houston homes require a messy tear out and that can cause all kinds of problems and result in having to make adjustments that interfere with your normal everyday activities. We can do a concrete overlay with minimal interference to you. Our experts will hand craft each project to fit your style and create a work of art that will add beauty to your home as well as value.

Allied Outdoor Solutions is committed to bringing customer’s excellent outdoor concrete coating in Houston with Carvestone and we can also help if you have pea gravel, pool coping, brink or pool deck surfaces. For more on getting concrete coating in Houston with Carvestone, call 1-800-GO-STONE.

Carvestone Is The Concrete Coating Houston Homeowners Are Choosing Over The Alternatives

While there are many different types of concrete coatings Houston homeowners currently use, Carvestone by Allied Outdoor Solutions is the top option for a number of reasons. Visit us today to learn how Carverstone concrete coating Houston can add value to your home and save you money on repair and maintenance costs.

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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.

To learn more about Allied, and what makes the service we provide unique watch this video.


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“Allied Outdoor Solutions offers decorative and stamped concrete. Whether you are in Houston, Central Texas (Austin and San Antonio), North Texas (Dallas and Fort Worth), or Phoenix, Arizona, our experienced concrete crews will set us apart.”
– Bradley Brazelton, Director of Production

Our Process


Selecting a concrete contractor can be difficult. It can take years before you even know that you have selected the wrong one. That’s why at Allied Outdoor Solutions we do it right the first time, every time. Your concrete project will have a pre-job walk through with one of our project managers where the layout will be determined. We will handle all necessary permits/inspections/HOA’s and pour everything up to code. A typical pour has a 4” slab of concrete, 3/8” rebar on 18” centers and the slope determined by the on-site foreman. Things like thicker concrete at the approach, drains that need to be installed and sprinkler issues will be addressed ahead of time. After completion of the project, you will have a post-job walk through with your project manager. We want you to know that, while we may do a thousand pour’s next year, it will feel as if your is the only one on our plate.

Applications

We will pour walkways, patios, driveways and steps. All of which can be poured with a broom finish (regular) or a decorative finish (stamped or stained). While we will pour hundreds of projects this year with regular concrete, we specialize in the decorative market. We offer dozens of patterns and colors and, with so much experience, pride ourselves on doing beautiful decorative work. Though a decorative finish is a larger investment than a broom finish, the specific stamps and colors chosen will have no impact on your price, so you will be able to select something that is uniquely suited for your area. We will use samples ahead of time in an effort to find something that looks like it was made for your home.


Frequently Asked Questions

Our biggest strength is a commitment to two related issues: installation quality and customer satisfaction. Both really begin with a commitment to process – every stage of it. Everybody thinks about the day you’re pouring the concrete, but at Houston Concrete/Lonestar Concrete we place just as much importance on all the days before and afterwards. They’re when we accomplish those steps crucial to a homeowners happiness. They’re also when we finish details that mediocre companies never seem to get around to.

First of all, a contractor whose experience testifies to their quality work. Second, a contractor with the strong communication skills necessary to ensure that the customer gets the quality work they’ve paid for. Finally, and this doesn’t get mentioned enough, someone who ensures presentable job sites and who will complete the project while protecting the investments you’ve made in your home and landscaping.

Each crew is hard-working and professional, and each is led by an experienced, bilingual foreman who has worked with us long enough to confirm that he maintains the high level of craftsmanship that we demand. Our construction superintendents and lead foremen have decades of industry-related experience, ensuring that each project is completed to your satisfaction.

A decorative concrete surface should be re-sealed every year or so to maintain its original elegance. Other concrete surfaces can be re-sealed less frequently, once every three years or so.

Yes, we are fully insured and bonded.