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Best Brick Paver Sealer

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 resemble 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

So what is the Best Brick Paver Sealer? Well there isn’t one that stands out from the rest for all scenarios. To determine what paver sealer is best you must first understand the differences between the sealers and what you would like to achieve when done.

Solvent Based Paver Sealers

Traditionally these are the most popular and have been around for the longest time. These pavers sealers are typically high in acrylic solids and will darken the surface. Available in Matte, Semi-Gloss, and High Gloss shines. Due to changes in state’s VOC laws, solvent based sealers may not be available locally but rather purchased online.

Crystal clear in liquid form. Popular solvents are Xylene, Toulene, and other Aromatic Solvents.

Pros: Last about 2+ years. Darken the color more so then water based sealers. Add a higher level of gloss if desired. Typically only one coat is needed. Higher level of protection against UV degradation and fading. Better for vehicle traffic.

Cons: May need to be rolled on as many cannot be sprayed (too thick). Will not solidify joint sand as well as a water based version. Square footage is less, typically about 100-125 sq. feet per gallon.

Water Based Paver Sealers

Water based versions of paver sealers have been forced on the scene in the last 5-10 years due to low VOC (volatile organic compounds) laws. Currently there are over 16 states in the US that restrict the availability of solvent based sealers. Water based sealers still contain acrylics but will have a lower solid content.

Milky white in liquid form that dries clear.

Pros: Easily applied with a garden type pump sprayer. Will penetrate better into the substrate and sand joints. Hardens jointing sand better. Square footage is better then solvent based sealers. Typically 150-200 sq. feet per gallon.

Cons: Multiple coats are needed. Will nor darken as deeply or leave a high gloss like a solvent based paver sealer. Medium level of protection from UV degradation and fading. Softer acrylics, can be prone to tire marks on a hot day.

Solid Acrylics vs Breathable (Styrene) Acrylics

When choosing a paver sealer is best to understand that not all acrylics are created equal. There are many paver sealers that contain inferior acrylics that will blush to turn white in color. Notably Behr Wet Look Sealer and H&C Water based sealer. Best for a paver sealer is one that does not seal the surface 100% but rather breathe. These sealers are less prone to trapping moisture which may lead to the dreaded white haze. Most high quality water based sealers will not blush as they a thinner in viscosity. Solvent based sealers containing a solid acrylic will have a tendency to blush/turn white. If you choose a solvent based sealer, make sure that it is a “Styrene” acrylic as these have tiny pinholes that allow the coating to breathe.

Joint Sand Stabilizing

A side function for paver sealing is the ability to help solidify or stabilize the jointing sand from erosion. While most paver sealers will do this to some extent, some are designed specifically for this purpose. Examples: SB-1300 and SB-7000.

Unfortunately joint stabilizing sealers do not add a high level of gloss or a deep darkening wet look.

Wet Look Paver Sealers

“Wet look” sometimes gets confused with “gloss”. Using a paver sealer that will leave a “wet look” means you are darkening the surface similar to as if it was wet with water. These sealers may or may not contain a shine level of some sort.

Gloss Paver Sealers

Gloss sealers will add a shine to the surface ranging from matter to high gloss. In most scenarios you will also darken the pavers with a wet look. These sealers may be prone to being slippery when wet.

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of the different types of paver sealers that are available. If you would like help choosing a paver sealer please answer these questions in the comment are below:

  1. Wet Look? Yes or No
  2. No Gloss, Matte, Semi-Gloss, High Gloss
  3. Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes or No
  4. Easily applied? Yes or No
  5. Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Examples: Patio, Driveway, Pool Deck, etc

Answer 5 Questions in Comment Area to find the Best Paver Sealer for you!


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1,167 Responses to “Best Brick Paver Sealer”

  1. Don spoelker says:

    Wet look, matte finish, joint stabilization yes,application indifferent, patio.

  2. Rick Strandlund says:

    No wet look.
    No gloss or matte finish is fine
    Joint stabilization not terribly important
    Easily applied with a pump garden sprayer
    Patio

  3. Anne-marie says:

    Wet Look – Yes
    Semi Gloss
    Joint stabilization – yes
    Application Indifferent
    Patio – Grand Flagstone Rosetta Stone

  4. Rick Harris says:

    Wet look.
    No gloss or matte finish is fine
    Joint stabilization is needed
    Easily applied with a pump garden sprayer
    Patio

  5. Don says:

    wet look yes
    matte
    no
    no
    clay brick patio pavers

  6. Steve says:

    wet look, semi-gloss or high gloss, joint stabilization yes, either on application, patios with pavers

  7. waguzman says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    Semi-Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    Deck, Patio

  8. Sean says:

    ——1——-
    Wet Look? Yes
    No Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes. Over the Flagstone
    Easily applied? Covering 1000 sqft of Flagstone. deep colored
    Flagstone patio, flagstone bbq island face, flagstone pillars

    ——2——-
    Wet Look? Yes
    No Gloss – For Colored concrete
    Joint Stabilization Importance? No
    Easily applied? Yes, another 1500 sqft.
    Driveway, Front Yard, side yard, patio etc.

    Thank you

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      1. Flagstone does not always take a wet look evenly. You could try the Surebond SB-6000 for this but it does not offer joint stabilization. After that you would be getting into gloss of some sort and that would not dry evenly on the flagstone.

      2. When sealing colored concrete you typically use a sealer with a shine of some sort as the sealer will not fully penetrate. Look at the Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete sealer.

  9. carol H says:

    Five ?????
    1. No, 2. No gloss or matte, 3. Yes. 4 no. 5. Driveway and pool deck
    What is the best type and brand of sealant?

  10. Jeff says:

    Wet Look -Yes
    Gloss -Yes
    Joint Stabilizing -Yes
    Roll on-Yes
    Concrete Paving Stones-Driveway, Pool Deck

  11. Bob says:

    1: Wet Look: Yes
    2: Semi-Gloss
    3; Joint Stabilization; Yes
    4: Easily Applied: Yes
    5: Large Driveway and Pool Deck areas.

  12. Chuck says:

    1. Wet look OK, not critical
    2. Matte, cannot be slick
    3. Joint stabilization important
    4. Application ease, not critical
    5. New concrete pavers on driveway and walkway in western Washington (wet).

  13. Bob says:

    wet look- yes
    Can not be slick – semi ok
    joint stabilization
    application ease
    Patio – 3yrs old

  14. Rick says:

    1 Yes
    2 Semi gloss
    3 Yes
    4 Yes
    5 patio new

  15. Ed S. says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    No shine needed
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    Brick in driveway and patios

  16. Bird says:

    wet look
    no gloss
    joint stabalization no so important
    yes easily application
    roman paver walkway new last month

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