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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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2,044 responses to “Best Brick Paver Sealer”

  1. Dave P says:

    Wet look
    Joint no
    easy to apply no
    Pool deck, need no skid

  2. Jim Brown says:

    Wet Look – Yes
    Pool Deck Belgard Pavers

  3. Heidi says:


  4. Terry says:

    1. Wet look – no
    2. Matte
    3. Joint stab. – important
    4. Easily applied -yes
    5. Area to seal – two car driveway & walkway up to front door including 3 steps up to the front door.

  5. riley burch says:

    i do not want gloss, but DO want the pavers to appear darker


    wet look? Yes
    Semi Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    About 2,300 square feet, driveway, walkways and patio

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Super Seal 25 paver sealer. You will need about 25 gallon for this driveway. Just one coat is needed.

  7. Mary says:

    Pool area pavers, driveway pavers to house and alongside side of house. Do no want it to be slippery. around pool. Do not want it to ever have a milky look to pavers after some time.
    What do we use or have tha contractor use???

  8. randy says:

    patio pavers

  9. james Bartlett says:

    Wet Look Yes
    No Gloss
    Joint stabilization important Yes
    Easily applied yes
    cement paver patio 400 sq ft with 28 ft sitting wall

    I am doing maintenance on the patio and look forward to your response. Will let you know how it goes in a coule weeks.

  10. Judy says:

    wet look- yes
    High gloss
    Joint stabilization- yes
    Easily applied- yes
    Walkway, patio, driveway , covered breezeway area

  11. Edd says:

    2. Semi
    3. Yes
    4. Doesn't Matter
    5. Travertine circular driveway

  12. Vito says:

    1. Yes
    2. Matte or Semi-gloss
    3. Yes
    4. Yes, but not as important as quality
    5. Paver driveway facing west located in mid-west, low slip when wet

  13. pascal says:


  14. DOUG says:

    Wet Look? YES

  15. Cossette says:

    Wet look – yes
    Travertine pool deck tile – will need to be non-slippery as it is around the pool area

  16. Moe says:

    No gloss
    Six car driveway

  17. John says:

    Is there any difference between the efflorescence cleaners? Here I have a choice of techniseal (most expensive), Oldcastle, Rocksolid. Techniseal also sells a sprayer for application. If I go with them, it's going to cost me about $150 just for cleaners, whereas the other would be closer to $100. Any thoughts?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Thera are differences and the more expensive ones are less damaging to your surface. Our favorite brand is made by Eacochem.

  18. ellen says:

    semi gloss
    does not matter
    1200 sq foot basement pavers Brick is not porous, very dense and hard and smooth, dull dark brown/black

  19. STM says:

    1.Wet Look? Yes
    3.Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    4.Easily applied? Yes
    5.Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Examples: Patio

  20. Michael says:

    I am seeking a wet look, semi gloss for patio pool deck area. Ease to apply important. Polymeric joint sand used so stabilization is not an issue.

  21. Rick says:

    Wet look is nice, so is matte. No gloss or shine. Joint stabilization is somewhat important & helpful. Easy to apply is desired. The concrete paver patio is 8×11 in size. Thanks for your help.

  22. Judee brasesco says:

    Wet look yes matte no yes red brick patio

  23. Amy says:

    No, matte or semi-gloss, yes, yes, paver patio

  24. Amy says:

    Wet look- not important
    Matte or semi- gloss
    Joint stabilization – yes, important
    Easy application – yes
    Paver patio, seating walls, and sidewalk pavers

  25. Archie says:

    1- not necessary
    2- mate or semi- gloss
    3- joint stabilization – yes
    4- yes
    5- driveway – based in Toronto Canada

  26. Nancy says:

    no gloss
    pool deck, based in sw florida

  27. Kim says:

    1. Yes
    2. Unsure
    3. Not the highest priority
    4. Yes
    5. 190 sq foot patio of new Belgard Mega Arbella Danville Beige

  28. Dustin says:

    Wet look: yes
    High gloss
    Joint stabilization: preferred but not mandatory
    Easy not necessary
    Applying to a circular paver firepit. Approximately 200 sq ft.

  29. Ali taylor says:

    Wet look – yes
    #3 no
    #4 apply easy
    #5. Black sandstone steps – front door and 2 sets back deck.

  30. Ted says:

    Yes wet look. Semi gloss or matte. Something compatible with polymer jointing sand. Easily applied. Combination stone and old used brick patio 500 sq feet in Southern California.

  31. Jon says:

    1.Wet Look? No
    2.No Gloss or Matte
    3.Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    4.Easily applied? Yes
    5.Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Clay brick set in mortar steps and patio 250 sq ft

  32. dennis brake says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    No Gloss or Matte
    Patio 350 sgft with 2ft wall

  33. Karl says:

    1.Wet Look? No
    2.No Gloss
    3.Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    4.Easily applied? Yes – hopefully via sprayer
    5.Short walkway to 2 steps, to 7 foot by 10 foot landing to front door (must be no slip finish)

  34. Brad says:

    1.Wet Look? Not important
    2. Not important, perhaps Semi
    3.Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes!
    4.Easily applied? Yes
    5. Shed base Concrete Quadro Pavers, hoping to stop moisture coming through base into shed.

  35. Lindsey says:

    Wet Look – Yes
    Matte or Semi Gloss
    Joint – not that important
    Easily applied – rolling is fine
    Smaller area – walkway Less than 100 sq. ft

    **Protection is important**

  36. joe says:

    1.Wet Look? Yes or No —————————————— Yes
    2.No Gloss, Matte, Semi-Gloss, High Gloss—————– Semi
    3.Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes or No—————– Yes
    4.Easily applied? Yes or No————————————– No
    5.Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Examples: Patio, Driveway, Pool Deck, etc
    12" concrete gray blocks from Lowes. 320 sq ft patio with BBQ, fire pit on stand.

  37. Jim Elshaw says:

    Wet look. – yes, for increased color of pavers
    Minimal gloss, for non-slippery surface
    Joint stabilization – yes, if I can have it
    Easily applied – not important, will probably roll it on
    Used on patio pavers (with three paver steps)

    Don't think I want a product that will get hazey over time but I don't mind applications every other year.

  38. Allan says:

    1.Wet Look? Yes or No ……………………………………… Yes
    2.No Gloss, Matte, Semi-Gloss, High Gloss………. Semi
    3.Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes or No …….. Yes
    4.Easily applied? Yes or No………………………………..No
    5.Small description of area that sealer will be applied to: …… 280 sq ft driveway with pavers from 6×9 to 9x12inches..

  39. Subash K says:

    1.Wet Look? Yes or No—- Yes
    2.No Gloss, Matte, Semi-Gloss, High Gloss — No Gloss or Matte
    3.Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes or No —- Yes
    4.Easily applied? Yes or No – Not Necessary
    5.Small description of area that sealer will be applied to. Examples: Patio, Driveway, Pool Deck, etc
    —— New 600 sq ft patio brick muti- color, in back yard shaded area right beside huge maple tree.

  40. Mark says:

    2-matte or semi
    3-slightly important
    4-doesn't matter
    5-350 sq back patio that will one day have a pergola and fireplace. South facing Cleveland Ohio weather, sun and snow

  41. TERRI says:


  42. Luke J says:

    Wet Look? …..yes, to increase color.
    No Gloss, Matte, Semi-Gloss, High Gloss……….matte.
    Joint Stabilization Importance? ……, using polymeric sand.
    Easily applied? ………..Yes.
    Small description of area that sealer will be applied to……….220 sqft patio with 40' x 20" sitting wall and 48" fire pit. Dublin cobble pavers Victorian with country manor stone wall.

  43. Bill says:

    Wetlook yes
    Semi gloss yes but not important
    Joint stabilization would be nice but does it still draining water
    Application doesn't matter
    Patio and sidewalk about 600 ft.² , desert location

  44. Rachel says:

    1. Indifferent about wet look.
    2. Matte (do not want it to be slippery when wet!)
    3. Joint stabilization very important.
    4. Not as important.
    5. Patio

  45. monica says:

    Can you please explain the difference between wet look and gloss?
    Which one will fade first?
    I don't like high maintenance!

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Wet look is darkening of the color of the pavers as if wet with water. Gloss level is based on how much shine you will have or not. Does not matter in fading or longevity.

  46. Sharn says:

    1. Wet look
    2. Semi-gloss
    3. Joint stabilization important
    4. would prefer spray on, but not essential
    5. 1100 sq ft driveway

  47. Fran says:

    Wet look not slippery
    Semi gloss
    Joint stabilizer. Not sure
    Easy to apply-long last
    Pool deck & patio

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