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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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1,849 responses to “Best Brick Paver Sealer”

  1. brad says:

    no
    matte
    no
    yes
    covered porch

  2. Dan Small says:

    Yes
    Semigloss
    Yes
    Yes
    Patio

  3. Greg says:

    Yes
    matte
    yes
    yes
    1000 sq ft patio and walkway

  4. Adam says:

    1. No
    2. No gloss
    3. Not important, concrete layer around border
    4. Yes, but little work is no problem
    5. Paver driveway and small walkway. Often back boat across it, roughly 4,000 pound, and leave black marks from tires.

  5. Bill G says:

    1-no
    2-matte or semi-gloss
    3-not critical
    4-yes
    5- driveway and patio walkways

  6. Michael says:

    Yes, Wet look desired. Low/Matte gloss. No, joint sand. Yes, pump up sprayer. Approx 5k ' Driveway, Pool Deck, Patios, Sidewalks.

  7. shawn says:

    yes,semi gloss,yes,yes,driveway 2 stoops a walkway and a large patio

  8. Steve says:

    Wet
    Gloss
    Yes
    Yes
    Patio

  9. Steve W says:

    Yes wet look,
    No gloss
    Yes sand seal
    Yes pump sprayer
    Pool deck – old brick pavers – never coated

  10. Deborah says:

    1. no
    2. matte
    3. no
    4 yes — sprayer
    5. patio

  11. Dave says:

    Wet Look? No
    No gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? No
    Easily applied? Yes
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to: New Patio,

  12. James Bartlett says:

    1. wet look yes
    2.semi gloss
    3. joint stabilization important
    4. Easily applied yes
    5 600 sq ft patio

  13. Jill says:

    1. No
    2. Matte
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Pavers along a concrete driveway

  14. Carol says:

    Yes, wet look
    Matte
    Joint stabilization not important
    Yes, can be harder to apply
    We have exposed aggregate around pool surrounded by concrete brick pavers for patio area

  15. Mitch says:

    Wet – Yes
    Matte
    Stabilization – Yes
    Applied – Yes
    Red brick walkway
    Thanks.

  16. ed james says:

    1 yes
    2 semi gloss
    3 yes
    4 yes
    5 patio,driveway,walkways

  17. Jim Logsdon says:

    Would like either semi or high gloss. Want easy application. This is in a Lanai that is covered so no extreme weight will be on it and no direct sunlight.

  18. Joseph Fucci says:

    1-yes 2semi gloss 3-yes 4-no 5-driveway walkway patio

  19. Kim D says:

    1. Yes
    2. Matte
    3. ?
    4. Either
    5. Brick patio laid over concrete foundation with mortar and mortar grout lines

  20. Andrew says:

    1 yes
    2 semi gloss
    3 yes
    4 yes
    5 driveway and walkway

  21. Matt says:

    Thank you for all this information! I ended up going with the SuperSeal Matte, and plan on rolling on. It's for a concrete paver patio with a rough finish on the stones.

    I understand I need a solvent resistant roller, but what nap length is appropriate? 3/4"?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      3/4\” is good. Stir the Matte before suing as the additive that lowers the shine settles.

  22. Thomas says:

    Yes, Semi gloss, yes, yes-sprayable preferred, red brick patio.

  23. Doug Roberts says:

    1. Yes. 2. Semi gloss. 3. Yes. 4. Yes. 5. Patio and sidewalk

  24. Marie says:

    1 wet look
    2 Semi gloss
    3yes want joint stabilization
    4 yes apply easily
    5 patio

  25. Sonya says:

    1. wet
    2. high gloss
    3. No
    4. yes
    5. sidewalk pavers

  26. jim sittler says:

    wet look, high gloss, joint stabilization, easy application, pavered patio area about 700 square feet

  27. Pasquale Rullo says:

    1 wet 2 Matt 3 no 4 no 5 walkway

  28. Christopher Poe says:

    1 Wet, 2 high gloss(very important it needs to be slip resistant), 3 Joint stabilization is important Yes, 4 would prefer easy application but to be slip resistant is more important, 5 It will be applied to concrete and concrete pavers in a backyard.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      You will need a grip additive if you want a high gloss. Use Super Seal 30 and add the Super Grip that they sell.

  29. Anthony says:

    Yes
    Matte
    No
    Yes
    Patio

  30. Ron says:

    No wet look
    Matte finish
    Joint Stabilization Important
    Easily applied
    Driveway and Patio

  31. Stephanie says:

    Yes, wet look.
    matte finish.
    Joint stabilization not necessary, but would like to discourage weed growth.
    Easily applied, yes.
    Patio, driveway, sidewalks and covered porch… a large area.

  32. Frank says:

    Will sealers make water run off pavers? Are they actually waterproof?

  33. Trish barrick says:

    Wet look nice but not essential
    Matte finish
    Joint stabilization important- older patio some shade. Grass and moss grow and when I pull out joints are left empty
    Easy application a plus but not afraid to roll
    Smaller 120 sq ft front walkway. Some weed growth. Back paio 180 sq ft lots of weeds grass and moss. Shaded

  34. Mike says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    No Gloss or Matte
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes but low priority
    Easily applied? Yes
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Patios and walkways

  35. Melissa says:

    No wet look,
    matte or semi gloss,
    Easy to apply,
    Want to seal our basement concrete floor.
    Thank you!!!

  36. Callie says:

    Yes
    ?. Need no slip surface
    Yes
    Easy
    Patio and walkway

  37. Randall Truman says:

    1. No
    2. No Gloss
    3. Yes joint stab is important
    4. Yes
    5. Pool Decj

  38. Peter says:

    1. Wet Look? No
    2. Matte
    3. Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    4. Easily applied? Either
    5. Paved walking / entertainment area. Approx 45sqm. Autumn and wet / cold. Paving only a week old.

  39. Lindsay says:

    Yes
    Matte or semi gloss
    No
    Yes or no
    Pool deck

  40. b white says:

    yes
    matte
    yes
    n/a
    patio

  41. Gregg Edelmann says:

    1. Wet look – No
    2. Sheen – Matte
    3. Joint Stabilization – Nice to have, but lower priority
    4. Easily Applied – Yes
    5. Application Area – Covered porches and covered balconies (do they need sealant at all?)

  42. Jeff says:

    Yes, semi gloss, yes, yes, patio

  43. Joe Stats says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    Semi-Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    Walkway, Driveway Apron

  44. Bill says:

    1. Yes
    2. High Gloss
    3. no
    4. either
    5. Paver Patio

  45. Mike M says:

    1. No_2.Matt_3. No_4.Yes_5. The caps on top of my patio wall are dull. I want to inhance the look and darken them if possible, the caps are from (Techo-Bloc) Muro Naturale.

  46. Keith Bauer says:

    1. No
    2. No gloss but darker look
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Patio, sidewalk, wall

    No gloss but would like a darker enhancing look. So is a wet look really only darkening? Can we have darkening with out any gloss? Thanks Keith Bauer

  47. Mindy says:

    1. Yes
    2. Semi-gloss preferred but not absolutely necessary.
    3. Yes
    4. Yes, preferably.
    5. Concrete Pavers on an outside patio deck area that is not covered. Sun beats on it all day as it's by the ocean. Need the surface not to be slippery because of wet feet.

    In addition, can you recommend a product to remove old sealer that is on some pavers. Also, I have a grease stain from a grill and a rust stain from a propane tank. Any ideas?

    Thank you so much – Mindy

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Clemons Concrete makes a sealers stripper that we use. Follow this with their Cleaner Degreaser to remove the grease. Use any rust remover after. Try Supreme Shield SB-600. Gives a wet look with no gloss. Reducing the gloss will make it less slippery.

  48. Richard says:

    1. Yes wet look
    2. No gloss
    3. Yes need joint stabilizer
    4. Yes
    5. Driveway and sidewalk

  49. david says:

    1 yes
    2 semi gloss
    3 no
    4 yes
    5 pool deck

  50. Rich says:

    1. yes

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