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Best Concrete SealersConcrete comes in many different types and substrates that can be found both for both interior and exterior applications. There are Concrete Driveways, Vertical Brick Walls, Brick Paver Patios, Basement Floors, etc. Concrete is very porous and can be prone to degradation from Water, Ultra Violet Radiation, wear and tear, etc. By sealing or waterproofing your concrete surface you will add life and protection to your surface.

So what is the Best Concrete Sealer?

The answer to that is dependent on why you are sealing, what surface  you are trying to seal, and what your final expectations are.

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Brick Paver Sealer

Brick Paver Sealer

Brick Paver Patios and landscaping blocks have become increasingly popular in the last 10-20 years. They offer an alternative to regular plain white concrete by adding old world charm which resembles walkways and streets of the 19th century. Brick Paver patios can be customized to be designed for any area. They are very popular for driveways, walkways, around pools, etc. Of course with any exterior horizontal surface, there is a need for general maintenance with brick pavers by cleaning and sealing on a regular basis.

Brick paver sealers are water repellents and coatings that are specifically designed to be used on paver stones and block.

Paver sealers have 3 main functions:

  • Seal and protect the pavers from UV degradation and fading.
  • Enhance to pavers by either adding a wet look, shine or both.
  • Solidify or stabilizing the jointing sand in between the individual stones

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Concrete Sealer and Water Repellent Types

Sealing concrete will protect the surface from elements, deicing salts, spills, mold/mildew infiltration, and freeze/thaw damage. Knowing this, many homeowners have elected to seal their concrete surfaces. Whether it is a driveway, sidewalk, pool deck, or patio these surfaces can benefit greatly from being sealed.

There are many concrete sealer types and it can be a bit confusing deciding which product is best for your concrete. A general description of the most common concrete sealer types will make your buying decision a little easier.

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Stamped Concrete Pitting

Stamped Concrete Pitting

What Sealer is Best for Stamped Concrete Patios

Stamped Concrete Patios and Driveways are decorative surfaces that have become popular in the last 10 years or so. These surfaces utilize patterns and different colors to create a dramatic look to your landscaping. As with any exterior concrete surface, Stamped patios need to be maintained on a consistent basis.

Failure to maintain your Stamped Concrete will result in:

  • Color loss and discoloration
  • Pitting of the surface
  • Hairline cracks
  • Exposure to stains from spills

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Brick pavers have become increasingly popular among homeowners in recent years. Areas around the home such as patios, porches, sidewalks, and driveways can be created with brick pavers and can certainly enhance the beauty of your property.

It is however important to note that like concrete, wood, and other surfaces, brick pavers will last longer if they are maintained regularly. The most beneficial thing you can do for your brick paver areas is to apply a brick paver sealer. When pavers are not sealed they can suffer from effects of erosion, weed growth, mold/mildew buildup, sun fading, ant activity, and discoloring. In extreme cases, brick pavers can shift, become loose, or settle causing low areas where water can puddle.

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Different Types of Concrete Surfaces and Best Sealer to Use.

Decorative Concrete – This is any concrete surface that is not simply a means of construction but that is also altered to enhance its beauty. While still serving as an integrate part of the building process such as floors, walls, driveways, or patios the concrete is also transformed into a decorative piece. The altering of concrete to enhance its beauty is accomplished through a number of procedures such as stamping, acid staining, polishing, coloring, overlaying, and more.

Sealer Type to use: Use a sealer that enhances the color tones with a wet look. Typically these are Acrylic sealers in either water or solvent based. If solvent, use a “styrene” acrylic to allow moisture to escape. These come in a Gloss, Semi-Gloss, Satin, and No Gloss.

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SuperSeal30 Concrete Sealer

SuperSeal30 Concrete Sealer

SuperSeal30 is a Higher Gloss Concrete Sealer that can be used for many different types of concrete surfaces. SuperSeal30 is very popular for Brick Paver Patios, Exposed Aggregate, and Stamped Concrete. This sealer will darken the appearance and leave a shine.

The SuperSeal30 is a solvent based breathable acrylic sealer.

SuperSeal30 Paver and Concrete Sealer Scores (1-10)

Wet Look: 10

– SuperSeal30 contains 30% solid content of acrylic. It darkened our 4 year old paver patio as as if wet with water and stayed that way after drying. Enhanced the natural red and brown tones in our paver bricks.

Gloss Level: 9

– The high solid content of the SuperSeal gave our paver patio a high gloss shine. The overall appearance on out test patio was quite rich looking but not too shiny that it looked “fake”. The sealer was slightly slippery for the first couple of weeks when it rained but after full curing, that was not an issue.

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A driveway is obviously an important surface when it comes to the exterior of your home. Most of us take them for granted until it comes time to make costly repairs. In areas of the country that see cold winters, salt and erosion can be a huge problem for a driveway. Salt can eat away at the surface of concrete causing chipping and erosion issues. Moisture can also penetrate the driveway and create freezing and thawing damage in as little as one harsh winter season.

To protect your driveway from salt and erosion it is best to seal it. Sealing a driveway will stop most of the damaging effects of winter weather. The sealer will repel moisture and salt so the driveway surface is not harmed. When it comes to sealing a driveway there are a few steps necessary for a successful result. When the weather is appropriate for applying a sealer prior to winter, the surface should first be cleaned. Use a quality concrete cleaner along with a pressure washer to remove dirt, grime, mold, and mildew. The concrete cleaner will help break down these contaminants including tannin stains from sticks, leaves, and acorns so the surface is completely clean prior to sealing.

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Exterior landscape pavers are extremely popular because of their versatility and beautiful appearance. They can be used as walkways, driveways, patios, garden paths, and so on. Some larger pavers that resemble a concrete block can be stacked up in a staggered pattern to create landscape and retaining walls. With many choices of sizes, colors, shapes, and textures the sky is the limit. However, pavers should be sealed to preserve their color and integrity.

Knowing how to apply a paver sealer is the key to getting professional like results. The first step in sealing pavers is to wash the pavers to remove any dirt buildup and grime. You will also need to blast away any sand joints so they can be replaced. Weeds and moss should also be removed. A pressure washer and concrete cleaner are ideal. Once the pavers are completely cleaned and have dried out for several days a new paver sealer can be applied. If your paver area has sand joints you will need to replace the sand prior to sealing. If not then you can move on to sealing the pavers.

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Exposed Aggregate Sealer

Exposed Aggregate Sealer

Sealing Exposed Aggregate patios, driveways, and walkways will enhance and protect your surface from damaging weathering and deicing salts. Sealing aggregate stone is something any homeowner can do with great results.

Benefits of Sealing Exposed Aggregate

  • Improves appearance
  • Blocks U.V. rays that cause fading
  • Reduces mold/mildew infiltration
  • Increases longevity of surface
  • Stabilizes the foundation
  • Minimizes damages from water and freezing

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Supreme Sheild Wet Look SealerSupreme Shield Wet Look Concrete SealerSUPREME SHIELD SB is a solvent-based penetrating sealer designed for stamped concrete, concrete pavers and other porous concrete surfaces. Application of SUPREME SHIELD SB will enhance the color and give the wet look without adding the gloss and plastic look associated with traditional film forming sealers. Once treated, the surface repels water and oil to prevent staining.

SuperSeal30 Paver and Concrete Sealer Scores (1-10)

Wet Look: 10

– The Supreme Shield SB-600 will add a rich wet look, similar to any other solvent based paver or stamped concrete sealers.

Gloss Level: N/A

– This product is not designed to add a shine.

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Most concrete surfaces will last a very long time when they are properly maintained. Maintaining a concrete surface is no different than other surfaces, it just needs to be cleaned periodically and protected from the elements. Harsh weather and climate can take its toll on concrete that is not water proofed. When water and moisture are able to penetrate concrete it can cause all types of problems. Most notably, constant moisture can create mold, mildew, and algae buildup. This can break down the concrete overtime and is extremely unsightly. It can also create a slippery when wet surface, which can be dangerous.

In climates that see below freezing weather in the winter, freeze and thaw damage is very common. When moisture penetrates the concrete and freezes it expands. This can cause chipping, cracking, and heaving of the concrete literally breaking it up and ruining the structure. Repairing this type of damage can be costly. The good news is that it is avoidable with some regular maintenance. The best protection you can give any type of concrete surface is to water proof it so water and moisture cannot penetrate the surface.

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SuperSeal25 Concrete Sealer

SuperSeal25 Concrete Sealer

SuperSeal25 is a Semi-Gloss Concrete Sealer that can be used for Brick Paver Patios, Exposed Aggregate, and Stamped Concrete. This sealer will darken the appearance and leave a shine similar to a semi-gloss.

The SuperSeal25 is a 25% solid solvent based breathable acrylic sealer and curing compound. This product is suitable for use on interior and exterior concrete surfaces.

SuperSeal25 Paver and Concrete Sealer Scores (1-10)

Wet Look: 10

– SuperSeal25 darkened the paver driveway very well giving the surface a much needed enhanced look. All of the colors in the pavers stood out, restoring the original look.

Gloss Level: 8

– SuperSeal25 contains 25% solids. This left a semi-gloss shine to our driveway.  The sealer dried in a few hours and we were able to drive on the surface the next day.

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Applying a paver sealer to your brick paver surfaces is a great way to protect them from the damaging effects of Mother Nature. The elements can play a vital role in creating dirt, grime, mold, mildew, moss, and unwanted weed growth. Harsh UV rays can fade and discolor pavers that are unprotected. Locking out moisture and preserving the color of your pavers is one good reason to seal them on a regular basis.

In addition to protection, some paver sealers can bring out the natural beauty of the pavers to help enhance their appearance. A deep wet look paver sealer will give your pavers a rich “wet look” that helps bring out the natural beauty in the brick. This deep wet look keeps the pavers looking rich for several seasons. This wet look serves well on pavers and is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners today. This type of wet look sealer also does a great job of solidifying sand joints between each of the pavers. This helps reduce unwanted weed and moss growth as well as sand erosion.

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Acrylic based paver sealers are formulated to seal and protect concrete and brick pavers leaving a wet look high gloss finish. They can be applied to previously coated or bare surfaces. Many of the acrylic based paver sealers are sold at local hardware and big box stores and paint outlets. Doing some research on acrylic based paver sealer leaves quit a bit of concern. When tested these products performed less than expected and some even made the surface look worse than it did prior to application.

One of the problems reported by homeowners using acrylic based paver sealers is an overall lack of gloss. These product are marketed to leave a beautiful “wet look” glossy finish but in most cases, even after applying 2 coats the finish was a matte sheen at best. Many customers leaving reviews report mostly a lack of that deep rich look they were hoping for. Joint sand hardening is average but nowhere near the solidity a quality solvent based paver sealer will provide.

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