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!

616 Responses to “Best Brick Paver Sealer”

  1. Bill says:

    Hello, I live in southwest Florida and am looking to seal our newly installed paver pool deck. I would like the wet look but no shine. Joint stabilization is not important but I would prefer to roller the product on. Which product would you recommend? Thank you!

  2. Kent says:

    Hello, how do we contact you ??

  3. Matt says:

    Mortared pavers bordering flagstone patio and sidewalk. All mortared to slab and mortar for grout . Wet look. No gloss. No sand to worry about. Ok if harder to apply.

    Thanks.

  4. Matt says:

    Wet
    No gloss
    No sand, all mortar.
    Any application
    Tennessee
    Flagstone patio and sidewalk with paver borders and brick retaining walls and steps.

  5. vkk says:

    1.Wet Look? Yes
    2.Matte,
    3.Joint Stabilization Importance? No
    4.Easily applied? Yes
    5.Driveway and sidewalk

    I live in Chicagoland. Also, I just got my Unilock Brick paver driveway. How long should I wait before sealing

  6. Tom says:

    Wet Look – no
    Gloss – yes (prefer semi gloss)
    Joint Stablization – not a big deal
    Application – not a big deal, as I can roll it on if needed
    This will be used for driveway and side walk. About 3000 sq feet. So price is a bit of a concern. My well water for irrigation has rust in it, so I would like something that won't show any rust.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      You cannot get a semi-gloss without a wet look. For a semi-gloss finish, try the SuperSeal25 but that will give a wet look. The SB-7000 by Surebond will give a little gloss without the wet look but not a semi-gloss.

  7. Michael says:

    I have a circular driveway that is made from concrete pavers. Over the years it has faded and lost the true color that it had when first installed. I would like to bring back the look it once had and would like to know what product would best help me achieve this goal. And what product should be used to clean and prep the driveway before a sealent is applied.
    Thanks for any help you can send my way.

  8. pauly v says:

    Wet look yes
    No gloss
    Joint stable yes
    Easy application. Not that important. Contractors putting it down.
    Unilock richcliff for walkway and unilock new York for driveway border. Just installing now
    Chicago illinois
    We want to make sure they're not slippery. Or as little as possible.

  9. Tom says:

    Southeast PA back yard patio facing wooded area; E P Henry brick pavers. House faces due south so half of patio closest to house never gets direct sunlight and over years, those pavers have darkened compared to the other half.

    Wet look is not preferred, but it may be the better finish to have all pavers look more alike.
    Matte
    Joint stabilization important
    Easily applied important.

  10. Bill says:

    I'd like:
    natural look
    joint sealing
    easy application
    Thanks in advance.

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