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Best Brick Paver Sealer 4.9/5 (206)

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. A 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 are 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 an 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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2,332 responses to “Best Brick Paver Sealer”

  1. Peter says:

    1. No
    2. Matte
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Pool deck

    Weeds growing in joints.

    Thanks

  2. Jill says:

    No
    No gloss
    Yes
    Yes
    Patio

  3. Jared says:

    1. Yes
    2. High Gloss
    3. No
    4. Either Way
    5. Indoor/Outdoor Pavilion Floor at a camp. Lots of chairs, kids running around, and the windows are big garage doors that open up so the room feels more outdoorsy… It sometimes gets wet if there is a really heavy rain.

  4. JACK SHEETS says:

    1- YES
    2- HIGH GLOSS
    3- NO
    4- YES
    5- PATIO DECK NO POOL

  5. Paul says:

    Yes
    Mattel
    Yes
    Yes
    Patio

  6. Bill says:

    The paver sealent contractor used a high gloss latex paver sealent around my pool. It is very slippery when wet and I am concerned someone will get hurt. Will the slipperyness subside or should (can) i recoat with something else? Thanks

  7. Kevin Coogan says:

    1. yes
    2. semi
    3. yes
    4. yes
    5. Driveway,patio,pool deck,walk ways.

  8. FLAN says:

    Yes
    High Gloss
    Yes
    Yes
    Driveway

  9. Dale Ozimek says:

    1. Yes
    2. Semi-Gloss
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Lanai and Driveway in SW Florida

  10. Jim Z says:

    WET -YES
    No gloss or Matte
    Yes
    Yes
    Driveway and walkway – Florida Sun

  11. Dennis says:

    Wet Look? Yes or No NO
    No Gloss, Matte, Semi-Gloss, High Gloss Semi-Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes or No YES
    Easily applied? Yes or No Either
    Small description of an area that sealer will be applied to. Examples: Patio, Driveway, Pool Deck, etc PATIO
    Answer 5 Questions in Comment Area to find the Best Paver Sealer for you!

  12. Dan says:

    Yes
    SemI
    No
    No
    Walkway

  13. Tee says:

    1- Wet Look? Yes or No
    1A- Yes

    2- No Gloss, Matte, Semi-Gloss, High Gloss
    2A- "wet look shine" or gloss.

    3- Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes or No
    3A- Would be a great feature, yes?

    4- Easily applied? Yes or No
    4A- prefer easier over labor intensive but expect application will take at least a little bit of work..

    5- Small description of an area that sealer will be applied to. Examples: Patio, Driveway, Pool Deck, etc
    5A- brick paver driveway.

  14. ron madison says:

    our driveway pavers were installed about 5 years ago. The sand has worn away some and we are looking at what can be done to restore. We would be interested in a matte finish with joint stabilization. Also, would we need to re-apply the perma-sand before sealing? thanks!

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      A quality polymeric sand will help. Prep by washing all the pavers. Let fully dry and sweep in the poly sand. Blow off excess sand well so that the sand level in the joints are about 1/2\” lower than the paver. Apply a sealer like the Super Seal Matte or Supreme Shield SB-600.

  15. Andrew says:

    No
    Semigloss-high gloss
    Yes
    Yes
    Front and side door interior entry way brick pavers

  16. Mike says:

    1. Yes
    2. High gloss or semi
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Interior brick (paver) floors. Refurbish job. Floors have bee covered with multiple layers oil based poly over the years. The oil based poly has yellowed severely. Stripping oil based poly with a biodegradable solution (Citristip). Once all oil based poly is removed I plan on resealing with water based acrylic sealer. Suggestions please? Area will have foot traffic (2 adults and 2 kids) as pavers are in living room, kitchen, foyer, and utility room. Would rather something with high volume solid for durability.

  17. Rob McCaughey says:

    Wet look -Yes
    Matte finish
    Yes
    yes
    Back patio area/outside kitchen, sidewalk in back. Pavers are dull and want to revive the colors. Concerned about the sealer flaking off or turning dull and have to be stripped. Had similar problem with brick caps which had to be stripped off after sealer started to flake and peel like paint coatings.

  18. Vincent says:

    Yes
    Semi-Gloss
    Yes
    No
    Paver Walkway

  19. jeff says:

    Yes
    semi gloss-high gloss
    yes
    yes
    pool deck

  20. Gordon says:

    yes
    Semi gloss
    yes
    yes
    paio pool pavers

  21. Vicky says:

    no
    matte
    no
    yes
    lanai

  22. Lynne says:

    Yes
    No gloss
    Yes
    Yes
    Patio

  23. linda MInk says:

    Yes to wet look; gloss; yes to joint stabilization; Yes to easily applied; driveway pavers

    Thank you!

    Linda

  24. Kay says:

    Wet look – No
    No gloss
    Stabilization- not important
    East to apply
    Pool deck and driveway (Will have a car parked there often)
    Florida/ near bay, older pavers, never previously sealed

  25. Kay says:

    Wet look – No

  26. Rafael Toro says:

    Wet Look- Yes
    Semigloss or no Gloss
    Joint stabilization No
    Easily apply either
    Patio with a pour concreate base and 24 x 24 Dark Gray concrete Pavers glued on top. Puerto Rico Tropical climate lots of rain mountain region so salt is not a big issue.

  27. Jeff says:

    No, Matte, No, Yes, Patio

  28. steve says:

    no
    matte
    yes
    yes
    pool deck and driveway

  29. erminio grassia says:

    1.yes,2 high gloss, 3no, 4 no 5 drive way

  30. Frank says:

    Yes, Matte/Semigloss/yes/yes/driveway

  31. linda says:

    wet look, semi gloss, joint stabilization, easily applied, concrete driveway and pavers

  32. Tina Harding says:

    Yes, matte?, no, yes, pool deck

  33. George Cain says:

    1. Yes. 2.high gloss. 3.No. 4.Yes. 5. Concrete curbing around tress and flower beds

  34. Renae says:

    1. No
    2. No gloss
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Pool deck and patio

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