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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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1,949 responses to “Best Brick Paver Sealer”

  1. Neville Wallace says:

    1. Wet Look? YES
    2. Gloss Level: No preference.
    3. Joint Stabilization Importance? No preference.
    4. Easily applied? No preference
    5. Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Brick Paver Patio with brown tones.

    Mold, moss and algae protection is a priority. What sealer(s) offer the best mold, moss, algae protection?

  2. Gregory says:

    1. Yes
    2. High gloss
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Pool deck

  3. Edith says:

    1. Yes 2.Medium or high gloss 3. No 4. Yes 5 patio
    Would like depend Clorox without a slippery surface. Patio
    Is in the sun, west facing.

  4. EEU says:

    no
    Semi gloss
    yes
    Yes
    Patio

  5. John says:

    Wet look: yes
    Gloss:matte or semi
    Joint stabilisation: not important
    Easily applied: not very important, but it is a driveway so it's a big area
    Description: 4 car drive at with 4×8 concrete pavers. Just had it levelled and re-sanded so looking to seal it now. Prefer solvent based sealer for durability but don't want any issues with slipperiness when wet.

  6. Shelley says:

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

  7. Keke says:

    1.yes
    2. Matte or semi
    3. Yes
    4. No
    5. Patio paver doesnt get aot of sun

  8. Sheri says:

    1. Yes
    2. Matte or Semi Gloss
    3. No
    4. Yes
    5. Outside wall and fireplace

  9. John B says:

    1 yes
    2 semi gloss
    3 yes
    4 yes
    5 will use around screened enclosed pool deck, flagstone pavers,had seal n lock sprayed over a year ago power washed pavers and added sand Is that enough cleaning to use seal 25 ,is it ok to use on bullnose coping around pool if not what should I use I live in Tampa

  10. Julie says:

    I would love some advice on what to choose. We have used polymetric sand with flagstone to make a path, Here are my
    answers: 1-4= YEA

  11. Ant says:

    Yes
    No gloss (wet look)
    Yes
    Yes
    Patio

  12. Katie says:

    1. Yes!
    2. Matte
    3. No
    4. Doesn't matter
    5. Patio: concrete pavers with 3/8 inch gaps filled with polymeric sand

  13. carol says:

    HELP HELP we want a gloss wet look for our project. we will pay someone to put it on. We have different areas of stone that need to know if we need different sealers for each stone. We have oklahoma flagstone around pool edge, pavers on patio and block stone for sitting ledge. Want the wet look to darken the stone and be shiny. Can i use just one sealer for all 3 stones ? also can you put a wet look sealer on the outside of a fireplace or will it catch fire.

  14. Sproul says:

    1. No, 2. no gloss, 3. n/a, 4. not important
    5. We have brick walks and retaining wall with mortar joints. They have had significant black mildew stains. We have recently pressure washed them and simply want to prevents the return of the mildew and protect from freeze/thaw damage.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      You cannot stop mildew with a sealer. It may minimize it though. Try Super Seal-M water repellent.

  15. Chip says:

    1) Wet look…Yes
    2) Simi or High Gloss
    3) Joint Stabilization…No
    4) I'm willing to go either way
    5) Patio (that occasionally is driven on)
    Can you recommend a specific product?

  16. Bill says:

    Yes
    Matte
    Yes
    Yes
    Driveway and walk colored cement/aggravate interlocking paving stones never sealed (5 yrs old). Some excess efflorescence on surface still showing…pretreatment recommendation?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Use a efflorescence cleaner for prep. Seal with Supreme Shield SB-600 or Super Seal Matte.

  17. Venu says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    High Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes – very important
    Easily applied? Yes
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to: Brick paver Patio

  18. paul says:

    1.) Wet Look? Yes
    2.) No Gloss, Matte
    3.) No
    4.)Yes
    Patio pavers

  19. Matthew Weeks says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    No Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? No
    Easily applied? No
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Patio interlocking pavers

  20. Carol S says:

    Wet look – yes
    no gloss or matte
    joint stabilization – yes
    easily applied – yes or no – could be wither
    Patio – old historical pavers

    we have used coatings in the past and end up ruining the look of the old pavers. Want a wet look that will enhance the color and protect the pavers from moss, algae, etc.

  21. Melissa says:

    Wet look – yes
    No gloss
    joint stabilization – yes but not as important as matte finish
    easily applied – there will be two of us applying to about 3,000 square feet
    This is a semicircular shaped patio area and 5 foot wide walkway that is to be used for weddings and events (~3,000 sq ft total). It is in the full sun. Anything with a sheen can be blinding in the sun. Thank you!

  22. Ken N says:

    Wet look – yes
    Semi Gloss
    Joint stabilization – very important
    Easily applied – yes
    Areas: a lot – driveway, expansive porch, sidewalks, multiple steps.
    Very upset about the amount of efflorescence on Abbotsford and Belgrade interlocking pavers that we just installed. We would like to use a water based sealer. What would you recommend? Also, since we need to wash off the efflorescence prior to sealing, what is your opinion on using Prosoco Custom Masonry Cleaner and how long do you recommend we wait between cleaner and sealer applications?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Seal with Super Seal 25. Prosoco makes decent products but we like the Eacochem better. Lets dry for a week after the chemical prep and make sure to rinse well.

  23. Jeff Eklund says:

    Wet look? No
    Matte
    Joint stabilization? Yes
    Easy? Yes
    Driveway & patio

  24. Michael says:

    wet look or semi-gloss, joint stabilization, driveway, pool area, easy application

  25. Joe Affonso says:

    Wet look/high gloss
    Joint sand stabilization medium importance
    Application not an issue
    740 square foot Unilock flagstone patio in Michigan

  26. Mike Pourkaviani says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    Semi-Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    Area that sealer will be applied to. Examples: Patio, Driveway.

  27. Lorna Heine says:

    wet look yes
    semi-gloss
    some joint stabilization
    we sealed our driveway last year and this spring many areas turned milky? What should we do? Can you recommend a cleaner? and sealer?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      You have to remove first. Strip off with Clemons Concrete Sealer Stripper first. Once removed, use their Super Seal 25.

  28. yanh says:

    Wet look yes
    gloss yes
    joint stabilization dont care
    easily applied, dont care
    i have porous brick tile in my bathroom and woukd like a good sealer to apply to make cleaning easier, to enhance the color, and to reduce grit in the rest of my house.

    thanks for a very informative site.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Sorry, but these products will not work on indoor brick tile and we do not have experience in anything that will.

  29. Lee Ann says:

    Wet look: yes
    Prefer no gloss or a matte finish
    joint stabilization: using polymeric sand so I would say not important
    Easy application: yes
    Pavers on walkway and soldier course beside driveway

  30. DEBRA says:

    1 – WET LOOK: NO
    2 – MATTE OR SATIN FINISH
    3 – JOINTS: YES
    4 – EASILY APPLIED: YES
    5 – BRICK PAVER PATIO

    DEBRA

  31. Dylan says:

    wet look: NO
    Matte
    Joint stabilizaton: YES
    Easy application: YES
    concrete pavers

  32. Lowri hanlon says:

    Wet look.yes
    Semi gloss
    Stabalisaton. Yes
    Easy appkied. Yes
    Patio 9m x 4m.

  33. JUDI WILD says:

    I have cement caps on top of cement rock pillars with wooden post in centre up to the ceiling. These are inside the house in my foyer. The charcoal caps look dusty and faded. When I wash them and are still wet, they look beautiful and shiny and come to life.

  34. Jacob Kuzman says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    No Gloss to Matte
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes, mainly just to keep sand in cracks to keep seeds from depositing
    Easily applied? Yes , as I would like to spray on myself with pump sprayer
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to.
    We used Belgard Commercial style Paver 3" wide x 12" long x 3" thick. granite color which is light grey to medium gray tones.

    1600sqft of driveway… being quoted $900 from installer to install 2 coats of Belgard Water Based
    BG2295 PaverSeal Plus WB BioBased , but he only is buying 5 gallons, which I don't think will do 2 coats properly, and they are using sprayer?

    Also Worried about tire marks on hot days in OrlandoFL on the lighter colored paver as well.

    Any suggestions if this Belgard product is good, or if there is an alternative product I could apply for less than $900.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Look at Super Seal Matte or Supreme Shield Sb-600. You will need about 3 pails for the Super Seal Matte. His quote is very low and coverage is low as well for one 5 gallon pail.

      • Jacob says:

        Thank you very much for the advice… he did give me the best price on the job… but seeing all these other 5 gallon sealers on the market, seemed they were going for 250-300 for 5 gallons.
        I will research the Super seal matte or supreme shield sb600. Do you recommend a place to purchase these items?

  35. M Reid says:

    Wet look / yes
    Semi gloss
    Joint stabilization / yes
    Easily applied / yes
    This is for a driveway that is 15 yrs old. It is faded badly. Our desire is to bring the color or "wet look" back to it.

  36. Patrick says:

    WET
    HIGH GLOSS
    JS NOT IMPORTANT
    EASE OF APPLICATION NOT IMPORTANT
    2000+ SQ FT OF DRIVEWAY AND PATIO

  37. Dad says:

    Need recommendation for Driveway

    Wet Look? Yes
    No Gloss, Matte,
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Its for my 1100 sq foot Driveway where we used Belgard Avalon pavers. High traffic for 2 cars.

    Thanks,

  38. Jeff Miles says:

    Yes I want a wet look.
    With Semi Gloss.
    Stability is not an issue.
    Rolling it out is fine, ease of application is not an issue.
    Pool Deck. Pavers have several nice colors (Old Chicago) need to darken and shine some.
    Long Lasting is important along with protection from fading.
    Thank you for your help in this matter.

  39. James berwick says:

    Wet look yes. Gloss yes. Joint stabilization yes. Easily applied yes. 1400 square foot patio

  40. tonee says:

    1.Wet Look? Yes
    2.Matte, Semi-Gloss
    3.Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes, very
    4.Easily applied? Yes
    5.Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Patio, Camino Stone in NW Slate which is shades of green & gray. Must be absorbent as this is my entire back yard where my dog is also.

  41. Mad says:

    No
    Semi gloss look
    Yes
    No
    Patio

  42. Theola Carrethers says:

    Wet look, yes
    Semi gloss
    Joint stable. No
    Easy to apply-yes
    Patio

  43. Steve says:

    Wet look-Yes
    No gloss.
    No
    Yes, using sprayer
    Patio 800sq ft walk way 150sq ft
    Belgard Catalina Grana(Victorian)
    Which sealer was used in picture above?

  44. Pierre says:

    Yes
    No
    No
    Yes
    Patio

  45. George says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    Semi-Gloss or High Gloss preferred
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? No
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Driveway

  46. Wanda says:

    wet look – yes
    semi-gloss finish
    joint stabilization is important
    would like to apply with roller, not spray-on
    will be applied around pool, walkway by side of house, as well as driveway

  47. John lizak says:

    Yes I want wet look
    High gloss
    Yes joint stabilization
    Easily applied with sprayer
    All brick walkway and 30×30 brick patio

  48. Darlene says:

    Wet look yes
    High gloss
    Joint not important
    Easy apply yes
    Patio

  49. Frankie says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    No Gloss, Matte
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Patio

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