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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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724 Responses to “Best Brick Paver Sealer”

  1. brl says:

    no
    semi-gloss
    yes
    yes
    patio

  2. Christine says:

    1. Yes
    2. Semi Gloss
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Large circular drive, 3 large patios

  3. Jeremy says:

    1. No
    2. No Gloss or Matte (what's the difference?)
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Screened in Patio, 510 sq ft. I assume we should be very careful about getting it on the screen?

    Thanks for your help! Great articles!

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      for no change in appearance and help with joint stabilization, consider the Surebond SB-1300. Gloss or Matte is the amount of shine. Wet look is where the sealer darkens the appearance as if wet with water.

  4. Doug says:

    Wet Loook, Yes
    Semi-Gloss
    Joint Stabilization, Yes though not overly important
    Doesn't matter about application style
    We have 1 and 3 3/8 inch pavers. The 1 inch are laid over a concrete pad with some sand between concrete and pavers. Majority of it is outside (In SW Florida) as a driveway/entryway. We have been warned of the 1 inch pavers over the concrete and the moisture causing a white haze under the sealer. About 2500 square feet total

  5. Steve says:

    1 Yes – wet look
    2 no gloss
    3 joint stabilization – yes
    4 easily applied – yes
    5 waterfront patio – approximately 1,000 sq ft Thin paver on top of concrete

  6. Darryl Brett says:

    Wet Look? Yes, but not necessary
    Matte or Semi-Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? No
    Easily applied? Yes
    Small description of area; family room floor

  7. Stan says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    Matte
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    Small description: Florida, concrete patio from concrete molds. What is the difference between SuperSeal M and SuperSeal Matte? Thanks

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      SuperSeal M is a water repellent that does not change the appearance whatsoever. If you want a wet look then you would want the SuperSeal Matte. Wet looks are more for decorative concrete though. Is yours decorative or regular poured concrete?

  8. Eric says:

    Wet Look? No
    Semi-Gloss, or Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? No
    Easily applied? Yes
    Small description: 525 sq. ft. interior living room. Brick pavers are L: 7 3/4 x W: 3 5/8 x H: 1/2 in. Pavers are set on a concrete foundation less than 1/16 grout lines (if any)… pavers flush and likely bonded with mortar. The pavers are either concrete or clay. They are evenly colored throughout and have little to no aggregate in the cross-section. The sealer was stripped with AquaMix Nano Scrub using a 13in electric floor stripper. Following that each paver was sanded lightly with 80-grit sand paper. I would like a semi gloss finish that has maximum durability for foot traffic.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      I would look at the SuperSeal25 but being a solvent you will have a very strong odor that will take time to dissipate indoors. If that is an issue then you would want a water based sealer like Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer. That though will not give you the gloss as much as you would like.

  9. Stape says:

    1 yes
    2 semigloss
    3 yes
    4 yes
    5 pool deck with part under lanai

  10. rick says:

    hi..cement pavers..paversone desert blend…about 200 square ft…in southern california…lookinig for a suggestion in regard to a product that would give a color enhancer and sealer….would like a wet look, but not a high priority..don't like a high gloss look…semi or no gloss ok as well

    any suggestions would be appreciated

  11. John imburgia says:

    Yes a wet look
    Semi gloss
    Yes, joint stabilization
    Apply easily
    Drive and screened lanai

  12. Happiours says:

    Need to seal brick pavers and decorative concrete blocks along sidewalk. In FL the pavers and blocks get a black mildue every year due to rain and lack of sun on north side. I spend hours power spraying to clean it every year. Hopefully I can spray the water base sealant on the blocks and roll the pavers. Not overly concerned about appearance. matte would be fine. Don't want the milky appearance that many of my neighbors have.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      FYI, sealer does not stop mold. No sealer really can. It will help though to make it easier to clean. Look at the SB-6000 by Surebond for this.

  13. Frank says:

    Yes
    Semi – High Gloss
    No
    Yes
    Old Miami brick pavers patio

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