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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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2,207 responses to “Best Brick Paver Sealer”

  1. Diane says:

    Patio (pavers)

  2. marc palatine says:

    Wet Look – Yes
    Semi Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? No
    Easily applied? Yes
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Examples: Driveway
    In South Florida – salty air – high heat and sun – was told acrylics are bad. need help

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Nothing wrong with acrylics as long as they are breathable. Use the Super Seal 25. It is a breathable styrene acrylic sealer.

  3. Wanda Janiszewski says:

    driveway, pool deck

  4. Tyw says:

    1.Wet Look? Yes
    2.No Gloss
    3.Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    4.Easily applied? Yes
    5.Small description of area that sealer will be applied to PATIO

  5. clif says:

    wet look yes
    semi to high gloss
    joint stabilization yes
    easy no
    sealer to driveway sidewalk and patio
    which one should i use

  6. John says:

    1. Yes, want wet look
    2. matte
    3. Yes, joint stabilization is important
    4. Yes, prefer easier application
    5. patio, roughly 375 square feet

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Try Super Seal Matte for some shine and wet look or Supreme Shield SB-600 for wet look with no shine.

      • John says:

        I researched the products you recommended and it doesn't look they give the joint stabilization I'm looking for. This is important as I have ants currently coming up through the joints even though the patio was just installed a few months ago

        • Concrete Sealer Help says:

          John, a joint sealer will help to reduce erosion, but no sealer will stop ants. Better to treat the area with some kind of ant killer or repellent.

  7. Miya says:

    1 Yes, wet look
    2 Semi gloss
    3 Yes, want breathable
    4 Yes, want breathable
    5 Driveway and side walk, in Northern California

  8. Ben says:

    Wet look
    no gloss, matte
    Driveway walkway

    I had put surebond matte 1300 2 years ago but want a great wet look

  9. Jane says:

    Wet look
    Stabilizer not important
    Easy application
    Balconies; one full sun (north) one semi shade (south)
    Thank you

  10. Cindy says:

    rich wet look
    no gloss
    joint stabilization (but small joints 1/8) yes
    easy application – not as important
    multicolored brown brick cobblestone look pavers that are around pool and back patio in South Florida with high humidity

  11. Tony A. says:

    High gloss
    Patio deck

  12. Don Bevin says:

    Update of previous post, the total area for drive, walk and (2) patios is just under 2000 sq ft, looking for the longest lasting sealer.
    Wet look
    Joint sealer ( please) bad ant problem
    Easy apply
    Matte or semi gloss
    Thank you for your help.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      A concrete sealer will not stop ants. No sealer will. Look at the Super Seal 25 or the Super Seam Matte.

  13. Al Cooper says:

    No Gloss or Matte

  14. Paul Coliadis says:

    Wet look
    Joint stablizing not that important
    Easily applied preferred
    Pool deck pavers

  15. Sam Pereira says:

    1. Yes
    2. Matte to Semi Gloss
    Prefer easier application but will work with either for better outcome due to description, if needed. No white haze!
    Driveway-1900 square feet-direct sun-South Florida

  16. Zofia Waliczek says:

    2- matte
    5- sidewalk leading to the house

  17. Raoul says:

    I live in Florida, driveway and front porch are brown pavers. They were sealed 1.5 years ago with Black Diamond Coatings Inc. SG+ sealer. They looked great for 3-6. Months then lots the wet look and not as dark.
    1. Wet look, yes
    2. Matte or semi, don't care just want the wet look , darken like when u hose off the driveway look.
    3. Join stabilization, yes as it is the driveway
    4. Easily applied, I have never done it, do have regular homeowner pump sprayer
    5. Driveway and front porch,pavers are brown hue in color

  18. Jay says:

    1 – Yes
    2 – Matte
    3 – Yes
    4- Yes – spray preferred
    5 – 3500 SF driveway of concrete pavers

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Super Seal Matter or Supreme Shield SB-600.

      • Jay says:

        Thanks for the suggestions.

        I did a more accurate measurement of my driveway and it is closer to 4000 sq ft. so if I use the conservative coverage of 75 sf / gal for the Supreme Shield SB, it looks like I need almost 55 gallons of sealer. Am I doing my math correctly? If so, would it be more economical to purchase the sealer in a 55 gallon drum?

        The pavers have not been sealed in at least five years so I suspect the sealer will really soak in and not get very good coverage.


        • Concrete Sealer Help says:

          Yes it is about 75 sq. feet per gallon for the two thin coats they suggest. Amount needed seems correct. Not sure if they sell it in drums. Also, drums are a pain to move around.

  19. Steve says:

    1. No
    2. No gloss preferable, maybe matte
    3. yes
    4. yes
    5. driveway, 2 patios, walkway

  20. miguel dalton says:

    1 wet look? = yes 2 = no glos 3 = yes 4 = yes

    side patio and driveway

  21. CD35 says:

    wet look yes
    no gloss
    joint stable yes
    easy apply yes
    patio 25ft X 25ft with build in firepit

  22. Joe says:

    Yes…roll on preferred
    Patio 16×32 brick pavers 39 mm

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