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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 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

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 paver 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 than 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 than solvent based sealers. Typically 150-200 sq. feet per gallon.

Cons: Multiple coats are needed. Will not 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 matte 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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2,132 responses to “Best Brick Paver Sealer”

  1. Wayne says:

    Clay paver sealer
    Wet look important
    No gloss
    Yes on joint stabilization
    No issues on application
    30×30 clay brick patio

  2. Patton says:

    South Florida high heat and UV
    Concrete mixed with broken shells
    20k square ft pool deck and sidewalks
    Matte or semi gloss
    Joint stabilization no
    Wet look no

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Possibly the Surebond SB-1300 but I would contact them first to make sure as I am unfamiliar with this surface type.

  3. Judy Simmons says:

    Entry porch brick paver needs protection & maybe resealing.Pavers security no problem but not slippery. A little shine but not too much . Don't want color change and definite no whitish cast on brick. Neighbor used Behr cement and masonry protector

  4. Don Lansdale says:

    1. YES
    2. HIGH GLOSS
    3. NO
    4. YES
    5. PATIO
    ARIZONA DESERT

  5. sandi says:

    Wet or Semi-wet look
    Semi-gloss
    Joint stabilizer not real important but I'm in MN so gets a lot of shoveling of snow.
    Application with a sprayer preferred but of least concern
    Driveway in MN so will see hard weather and salt

  6. Sproul says:

    No wet look, No gloss, Mortar joints, no stabilization needed, Rolled or sprayed application.
    Brick walk with mortar joints and a brick wall at the street. Want to prevent return of black mildew that was removed in May.

  7. FRANK says:

    NO
    SEMI GLOSS
    YES
    YES
    POOL DECK ARTISTIC PAVERS

  8. Jad says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    No Gloss, Matte, Semi-Gloss, High Gloss Matte
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes or No Yes
    Easily applied? Yes or No Yes
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Examples: Patio, Driveway, Pool Deck, etc. Backyard paver patio with mix of full sun and shade. Some unilock, some bellgard.

  9. Edward I says:

    yes
    matte or semi gloss
    yes
    yes
    driveway, backyard, entrance

  10. JAZSMF says:

    Wet look? No
    No gloss
    Joint stabilization important? Yes
    This is for driveway and back patio in Southeast FL

  11. Charles says:

    Wet Look-Yes
    Gloss- No
    Joint Stab- I have polymeric sand already so it doesn't matter and/or couldn't hurt
    Easily Applied- Not an issue with good instructions
    Area-1822 sq ft of driveway with Cambridge Ledgestone pavers, triple boarder and compass, walkways have triple boarder too.

  12. Rick says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    Semi-Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Patio and walkways

  13. Nick says:

    Wet look:yes
    No gloss
    Easy application:Yes
    Joint stabilization: yes
    Description: driveway, walkway , porch.. About 1200 sq /ft

  14. Ghalib says:

    I have regular brick patio. I have used Cure and Seal, and it bubbles in heat. I want a high shine, and seal that does not bubble in heat. And Easy application. What is best sealer for me?

  15. Tim Jarvis says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    No Gloss, Matte, Semi-Gloss, High Gloss – No Gloss or Matte
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Examples: I live in Southern California and some sealers are not VOC compliant here. 1600 sq. ft. driveway using concrete pavers. Fairly large (1/4") joints with joint stabilizing sand.

  16. Jim W Mahaffy says:

    Wet Look? No
    Matte
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes and No
    Easily applied? Yes without sacrificing other properties
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Patio

  17. Jim W Mahaffy says:

    Another post to follow up on my last one. What I am looking for is a sealer with some of the penetrating & durability properties of silanes but with just some moderate amount of wet look. It would not have to be much at all. Is there anything like that?

  18. Jim W Mahaffy says:

    Sorry one more after post, I am in Canada and have found many product listed on this website are not available here. Any luck with that?

  19. Jim W Mahaffy says:

    And one more followup followup post… it seems to me that I am looking for something like Supreme Shield SB-600 which is not available in Canada. If you are not aware of any equivalent Canadian products, I was wondering if you might be aware of some one who would or perhaps a manufacturer?

    Thanks

  20. Alma says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    Matte
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    Backyard large patio

  21. Eduardo says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    Matte
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Examples: Patio
    Thank you,
    Eduardo

  22. Mike irwin says:

    Wet look no
    Matte
    Joint stabilization. No
    A easily applied yes
    8 x 42 for approx 340 sq feet
    Water based

  23. Wood says:

    1. Wet Look – No (Enhance color and seal)
    2. No Gloss,
    3. Joint Stabilization Importance? – No
    4. Easily applied? Yes
    5. Small description of area that sealer will be applied to – Patio

  24. Marilyn says:

    1. Wet look
    2. No gloss
    3. Joint Stabilization: Yes
    4. Easily applied: Yes
    5. A labyrinth that people will be walking on.

  25. Ed Smith says:

    1.no
    2.no gloss
    3.no
    4.no
    5.hardscape caps

  26. Roy Osborn says:

    1. Does not matter
    2. Matte
    3. Yes
    4. Does not matter
    5. Walkway that gets minimal sun, has moss growth, minimal traffic. Trying to keep clean longer.

  27. Kathryne Hower says:

    1. Yes
    2. High Gloss
    3. No
    4. Yes
    5. Oatio

  28. Paul says:

    1. Does not matter
    2. Matte
    3. Yes
    4.Yes
    5 Patio

  29. Dennis says:

    A recommendation on the best sealer for my application would be appreciated.

    1) Not wet, but want color deepened
    2) Matte
    3) No need for joint stabilzation
    4) Easily applied is a plus but not mandatory
    5) Entrance to home where red tiles of paver-like construction are used.

  30. Bonnie says:

    1. Wet look
    2. No gloss
    3. No stabilizer importance
    4. Yes easy application
    5. Brick patio

  31. Jim W Mahaffy says:

    Hi again, Thanks for your patience. The only sealer I have been able to find in Canada so far with a sliane wet look similar to Supreme Shield SB-600 is Aqua-Mix Enhance’N’Seal™. Can you recommend this product?

  32. Hank says:

    1. No
    2. No gloss or matte
    3. Yes
    4. Easy application preferred, but not that important
    5. Lanai pool area

  33. Dennis says:

    1. Yes
    2. Matte
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Patio, Sidewalk

  34. Lesley says:

    wet look
    no gloss
    yes
    Doesn't matter
    pool deck

  35. Susan says:

    1. No
    2. Matte
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Patio 25×13 with 4 pillars and sitting wall

  36. Steven Misch says:

    Yes
    Matte,semi-gloss
    Yes
    Yes
    Small area connected to a driveway

  37. Dan B says:

    Wet Look, Yes
    No gloss or matte
    Joint stab. Not important
    Easily applied, not important
    1500sf front patio, Belgard concrete brick pavers, no vehicular traffic. Looking for low maintenance, longevity, and definitely no white haze. Thx in advanced.

  38. Helmut Dotti says:

    1. YES
    2. NO GLOSS
    3. YES
    4. YES
    5. PAVED WALKWAYS IN BACK YARD

  39. Nick says:

    Yes
    Matte/semi
    Yes, but patio is a few years old do maybe to late
    Yes
    Patio full sun. 450/500sqft Belgard pavers

  40. Mark says:

    1. Wet look -yes
    2. No gloss
    3. Joint stabilization important
    4. Easy to apply
    5.1200 sq ft driveway with multi- coloured pavers

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