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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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859 Responses to “Best Brick Paver Sealer”

  1. Ted says:

    1. no
    2. no
    3. yes
    4. yes
    5. patio

  2. Yahya says:

    Wet Look? No
    Semi-Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Large brick paver deck including an area around 40x 20 feet pool.

  3. Tom says:

    1wet look yes
    2. Semi gloss
    3. Stabilization yes
    4. Application ease. Yes
    5. Area. Holland stone clay bricks on patio in central Illinois already purchased Super Seal 30

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Clay bricks do not always seal evenly. They can be spotty due to the absorption rate. It depends on the manufacturing process I suppose of the clay bricks. Sometimes they look just fine when sealed, sometimes not. Holland makes some good products so you may be fine.

      • Tom says:

        If I send the Super Seal 30 back what product should I order instead? Is this sabsorption problem the same for any product?

        • Concrete Sealer Help says:

          Yes it is not the sealer that is the problem but the clay bricks. Have you tried some samples? That could save you some hassle.

  4. gil says:

    no wet look
    matte or low luster finish
    joint stabilization not necessary
    yes easy to apply
    pavers on an interior sunroom floor

  5. Don says:

    1. No
    2. Matte (a mild sheen is preferred)
    3. No
    4. Yes
    5. Driveway & Front Entry Walkway and Foyer (All Brick Pavers)

  6. anmbondz says:

    Wet look yes
    semi gloss
    joint yes
    Easy applied yes
    I have a courtyard with pavers and sand in the joints.when it rains the sand comes out. My builder told me not to seal it since it has sand And seal will not adhere to sand.
    what do i do, should I seal it or not?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Yes sealer helps to solidify the sand, reducing the erosion. Try the Masonry Saver Paver Sealer for this application.

  7. Carl says:

    wet look
    matte
    yes
    yes
    driveway

  8. Krishnan says:

    Wet Look – Yes
    Semi Gloss
    Joint stabilization – Yes
    Easily applied – Yes
    Backyard , Pavers in Phx, AZ

  9. Sandi J says:

    Wet Look yes
    low or matte preferred
    joint stabilization yes
    application does not matter
    Patio sunny only part of the day, sloped well, Holland pavers, Live in NH and ? VOC for shipped products

  10. Sherry says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    No Gloss, High Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    1,100 sq ft Unilock Rivenstone patio

  11. William Keller says:

    Extremely helpful since I have had no experience with paver sealers.

  12. BGS says:

    Some pros recommend sealing others are very opposed to it. Why such a difference of opinion ?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Not sure why you would not seal? It looks better and protects as well. Only thing is you have to use quality products as there are many that create issues down the road. Turn white or discolor.

  13. Tim says:

    1 yes
    2 semi-gloss
    3 no
    4 yes or no
    5 concrete pavers on patio

  14. Marie says:

    Wet Look? Yes (darker the better)
    High Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Maybe?
    Easily applied? Yes
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Backyard patio 15×25 area with added circular area with walkway. We also have an under roof space about 10×25. A lot to cover.

    We want aomething to last a while. We read that water based and polyurethane is best compared to solvent but were told that's contradicting. Is there such a sealer?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      No there is not such thing. There are urethane modified water based sealers but they are used inside, not outdoors. Use the SuperSeal 30 Paver sealer but nothing will last more then 2 years on average.

  15. Marie says:

    1) No
    2) Semi Gloss
    3) Yes
    4) Yes
    5) Front yard and Black yard

  16. Bill says:

    Yes
    No gloss
    Yes
    Yes
    200 sq foot patio area, very concerned about not being slippery

  17. william says:

    yes, high gloss, so/so, yes, to highlight the 24"x 24" red pavers on patio

  18. william says:

    forgot to say live in Palm Springs, CA so very little rain but where summers can reach 115-120 for long periods

  19. mike says:

    1 wet 2 no gloss 3 yes 4 yes 5 patio

  20. Shelly says:

    Wet look yes
    Semi gloss
    joint stablizer yes
    easily applied yes
    paver bricks around pool 1500 sq ft.

  21. Ray says:

    Wet look yes high gloss easily applied pool area Long Island area

  22. BHD says:

    Wet Look? Yes

    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. walkway

  23. Matt says:

    1. Yes
    2. Semi gloss
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Nicolock Blue Ridge Paver Patio 318sqft

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