I have a backyard and have a planned 950 sq. ft. patio to be poured. In the past, I've had normal broom swept concrete for a patio and this time I'm thinking of going to a stamped concrete with integral color.
I'm planning on being in the house ~8 years. Cost of the patio for normal conrete is $9,000 and cost of the stamped concrete is $14,000 (Chicago, IL - 2021). That seems to be about market in the area in the patio-Covid-boom cycle right now.
I prefer the look of the stamped concrete, but in my house price range (~$500k), I don't think I will recover the extra cost vs. broom swept concrete when we go to sell the house in the future. But in 8 years, I've never seen a broom swept concrete patio not look a bit worn so I'm on the fence to pay the extra.
I've always "felt" like looking at older stamped concrete that it does not get as stained and worn as broom swept concrete.
Is that actually factual or is that the stamped concrete just gets resealed much more often and you could maintain the broom swept patio as well and keep it looking as fresh? (My old patio had burger grease stains dog pee and whatever other abuse you get).