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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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1,388 Responses to “Best Brick Paver Sealer”

  1. rebecca says:

    Wet look
    No Gloss
    joint stabilization, no
    easily applied, YES
    for front house patio, with clay pavers

  2. Dino says:

    Wet Look
    Not sure difference between Matte, Semi-Gloss or High Gloss – Are there pictures i can see the difference on
    Easily Applied : Yes
    Joint : Yes
    Concerete Paver Patio

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Dino, the difference is how much shine you want to do not want. Matte has less shine then a semi and a semi has less shine then a gloss. Look at the SuperSeal Paver Sealers.

  3. MOnica says:

    Wet look – preferably not
    Gloss – semi-gloss
    Joint stabilization – not really
    Easily applied – yes
    Area – pool patio under a screened enclosure & entry way walkway

  4. Cheryl says:

    Wet look = yes
    Semi-gloss (not sure)
    Joint = no
    Easily applied = no
    We have a new stamped concrete patio that was sealed. It has a wet, slightly shiny seal. We had to put a brick paver retaining wall around it and I would like to seal it the same as the patio.

  5. Chris says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    800 sq. ft. patio

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Chris, SuperSeal 25. You will need about 8 gallons for the 800 Sq. Feet. Just one coat applied at 100 Sq. Feet per gallon.

  6. Mike Martin says:

    1. no wet look
    2. no gloss
    3. yes joint stabilizing
    4. yes easily applied
    5. pool deck and undercover patio
    6. would like not to darken much

  7. marge says:

    wet look – no
    matte finish
    patio area and walkways newly installed 1 year ago about 400 sq ft

  8. Joe says:

    Driveway (Rinox Pavers)

  9. Kayli M says:

    1) Wet Look – don't care
    2) no gloss or matte
    3) joint stabilization – yes
    4) easily applied – don't care, I'm handy
    5 ) back patio, 2/3 covered. No pool. Southern California

  10. Dave says:

    Wet Look-Yes
    Joint stabilization-Yes
    Easy application-Yes

  11. Roger Sorochty says:

    Wet look: No
    No Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Important: Yes
    Easily applied: Yes
    Areas to be sealed (all brick pavers): Driveway and Patio

    Please send sealer recommendation

  12. Nisha Nair says:

    wet look
    semi gloss

  13. Al Picchioni says:

    Semi gloss

  14. Rick says:

    1.Wet Look? No
    2.No Gloss,
    3.Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    4.Easily applied? Yes
    5.Small description of area that sealer will be applied to: Pool Deck, Lanai area about 500 sq ft total

  15. Hal Dana says:

    Wet Look: yes
    Surface finish: gloss or semi gloss
    Joint stabilization: yes, important
    Easily applied: preferable
    Areas to be treated: driveway, pool deck/patio. deck okay if slippery. Central Florida

  16. Jose says:

    Wet look
    Don't know
    Either or
    Driveway with four cars and a boat in Miami, FL

  17. George Volpe says:

    How long do the Styrene (breathable) Acrylics last on a Paver driveway that has never been sealed? Does it just coat the top of the pavers, or does it penetrate into the pavers? I'm not necessarily looking for a wet look, but a semi-gloss would be ok, as would matte. I want a sealer that will last 5 years if possible and will not turn chalky white or be ruined by UV (Florida). Joint stabilization would be nice, but not a show-stopper. I have a garden sprayer, but could get a roller if needed. I'd like to do it in one coat if possible. Suggestions?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      No wet look or \”gloss\” sealer will last 5 years. Two maybe three years is the longest you will get. You can seal with a regular concrete sealer/water repellent that will not change the appearance at all but protect from spills, etc. These typically last about 5 years. They will not help though with joint stabilization. SuperSeal-M or Masonry Saver Heavy Duty are a couple of examples.

  18. Jim Dunn says:

    Wet look unsure. Using sand/tan flagstone pavers New patio
    No gloss as slippery
    Joint stabilizer important. Yes
    Application. Could roll or spray
    Use patio, about 144 sq ft

  19. V Horswood says:

    Wet Look: Yes
    Joint Stabilization: Yes
    Easily applied: Yes
    Area: Pool, Walkway, Driveway

  20. John Newhouse says:

    1. No
    2. Matt
    3. No
    4. No
    5. Paver Driveway

  21. Jim says:

    Wet – No
    Matte/Semi Gloss – Yes
    Joint – Yes
    Easy Application – either
    Paver Patio
    Michigan Winters

  22. Antonio Luna says:

    1. Yes on the wet look
    2. Matte or Semi Gloss
    3. do not want the joint stabilizer
    4. does not matter
    5. driveway
    Most important thing is the wet look

  23. Brian Crentist says:

    1. Wet look= yes
    2. Semi or high gloss
    3. Yes sand stabilizer
    4. Either
    5. Pool paver deck and coping in freeze / thaw zone (MD)
    Also prefer non-slip additive if possible

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