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Brick Paver Sealer

Brick Paver Sealer

What is the best paver sealer to use?

2017 is here and time to review and apply a new Brick Paver sealer. This article is our top article on our Review site and there have been over 2400 Questions anAnswersrs on this topic. If you need advice on What is the Best Brick Paver Sealer for you, please ask below in the comment area.

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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3,289 responses to “Best Brick Paver Sealer”

  1. Ajay Singh says:

    1. Wet look – yes
    2. Semi Gloss
    3. Joint stabilization not important have done that. No
    4. Easily applied – using a pump spray
    5. About 4500 sq ft in on brick pavers on driveway

  2. Tim says:

    Yes
    High gloss
    No
    Yes
    Walk way part around pool deck

  3. Cindy says:

    1. Yes.
    2. Gloss
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Driveway and open lanai

  4. Casey says:

    Need a recommendation for a wet look sealer for my FL pool pavers (10 years old). Here are my answers to the questions:

    1.Wet Look? Yes
    2.No Gloss
    3.Joint Stabilization Importance? No – although would be nice to not have to re-sand, clean, and weed joints annually
    4.Easily applied? Yes
    5.Small description of an area that sealer will be applied to: Pool Deck

  5. Rose says:

    1 – wet look
    2- matte
    3- somewhat important
    4- easier the better
    5- patio

    thanks!

  6. VIncent Falvo says:

    Wet Look
    Matte Finish
    Joint Stabilization
    Being applied by outside company
    Driveway and Lanai total of 1700 sq. Ft. in Southwest Florida
    Thank you for your help

  7. Valerie says:

    I want matte with joint stabilization easily applied patio pavers.

  8. Dave says:

    What are brand names of the best water based sealers for pavers?

  9. scot says:

    wet look
    matte finish
    yes
    yes…but better longer lasting quality is more important
    1600sf of pavers around pool with walkways

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Scot, consider one of these products. Super Seal Matte (some shine with a wet look) or Supreme Shield SB-600 (wet look with no shine)

  10. Keith bauer says:

    1. Yes 2. No gloss 3. Yes 4. Yes 5. Wall, patio, sidewalk

  11. Reno Dagostino says:

    Yes
    High gloss
    No
    No
    Rear yard patio area in Philadelphia

  12. Paul says:

    Wet look
    Matte
    No
    Y
    Lanka and pool deck

  13. jerseyboy1973 says:

    Hello.I want to seal my brick driveway pavers.I prefer water based .Is it best to use a roller to apply or sprayer?I also would like some protection from oil/grease spills.How long is the protection on water based products because I would rather not do every couple of years.Also,I want to have a product with joint stabilization.Thankyou

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Application depends on the sealer brand you choose. Most are sprayed You have no choice but to do every couple of years as nothng will last longer. Look at Surebond SB-1300 or Masonry Saver Paver Sealer.

  14. Tracy says:

    Wet look
    Matte finish
    Joint – not important
    Easy – yes
    Apply to travertine around Florida pool – the joints have lost the sand that was in between them – should I fill joint first and the apply? Thanks

  15. Dawn says:

    Wet Look? No
    No Gloss – I want them to look natural
    Joint Stabiliation – No
    Easily Applied – Yes
    To be applied to patio

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Since you just want to seal and do not want to enhance ot change the look, try Super Seal-M or Masonry Saver Heavy Duty.

  16. P Coghlan says:

    wet look
    matte finish
    water based
    joint stabilization, yes
    patio

  17. Yvon Bilodeau says:

    Hello,
    Wet look
    Semi gloss
    Joint stabilation no
    Easy applied yes
    Its humid oftenly

    Do you have a Product to rémove old sealer cause it turned out White at many places…

    Thanks

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      For the sealer try Super Seal 25. For a stripper, we use the Clemons Concrete Sealer Stripper.

  18. Michelle says:

    1. Yes, wet look
    2. Matte finish
    3. Yes, joint stabilization
    4. Yes, easily applied
    5. Approx. 2,000 sq. ft. of concrete pavers in patio area, around pool and driveway. **Note: I like in Orange County, California, so I need a product that meets the state VOC limitations.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Your issues is not state VOC limits of 250 but county VOC limits of 100. Not sure what brands are compliant in orange county. Maybe the Masonry Saver Paver Sealer is but i would check with them first.

  19. Rick says:

    1) yes , wet look
    2) semi gloss
    3)yes
    4)yes
    5)walkway

  20. Julie says:

    Wet look – YES
    finish – MATTE
    joint stabilization- not important
    Easily applied – not important
    Area-high foot traffic, direct sun patio/walkway

  21. John W says:

    1) WET preferred
    2) SEMI GLOSS preferred, MATTE ok
    3) YES – very important
    4) YES – sprayer application – very important
    5) existing 8 yr old brick paver patio 350 sq ft freshly pressure washed to remove old polymeric sand and clean surface. used quality jointing sand, now need to seal. We have freeze/thaw (Midwest) so joint locking very important.

    Looking for water based penetrating product. Thanks.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Masonry Saver Paver Sealer will work for you.

      • John W says:

        Thanks. I spoke to them, I'm concerned this is an acrylic type sealer and not penetrating. Any thoughts or other recommendations?

        • Concrete Sealer Help says:

          There is no such thing as a wet look sealer with a semi-gloss that does not have some acrylic. You can look at Surebond SB-6000 but it will not offer joint stabilizing.

          • John W says:

            Thank you. I may want to do minor joint repair later and reapply sealer. I don't want to have to heavy power wash again any time soon.

            Do you have ANY experience with Rust-oleum RockSolid Paver Sealer? I am OK with no gloss, but like the wet look.

            Very grateful for your help!

          • Concrete Sealer Help says:

            Never used this sealer. Sorry.

  22. Thomas Rizzuto says:

    1-yes
    2-semi-gloss
    3-yes
    4-doesn't matter
    5-driveway

  23. Juan B says:

    Yes
    Matte
    Yes
    Yes
    Mega lafitt slab patio Bella Color

  24. Andy says:

    Andy
    1) No
    2) Matte
    3) No
    4) Yes
    5) Driveway

  25. Dennis says:

    Yes
    Matte
    Yes
    Yes
    Driveway

  26. Tom says:

    1. Yes
    2. Matte
    3. No
    4. Yes
    5. Paver Stone

  27. Tom says:

    1 yes
    2 matte
    3 semi
    4 yes
    5 around 1500 sq feet around pool

  28. George says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    No Gloss, Matte ok
    Joint Stablization Importance? No
    Easily applied? Yes
    Patio next to Pool Deck

  29. Joe says:

    No, matte, no, yes, yes. 600sq. ft. drive way 6 mo old, adjoining walkway 7 yrs old. both have never been sealed.
    what is the best sealer.

  30. Sandi sowden says:

    Wet look yes …gloss yes…joint stabilization yes … easy application

  31. sheila davidson says:

    1. yes wet look
    2. high gloss
    3. no
    4. yes
    5. pool deck

  32. james says:

    1-no
    2-no
    3-yes
    4-yes
    5-patio & walkways

  33. Bernie says:

    Yes.
    No gloss
    Yes
    Yes
    Patio

  34. Tuck says:

    Hello,

    We are in california and it difficult to find a sealer for our paver and concrete driveway that is sold and ship here. We are looking for
    1) Wet Look? Yes
    2) High Gloss
    3) Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    4) Easily applied? Yes
    5) Pavers and conrete pad/driveway

  35. Jennifer says:

    Yes, wet look
    Gloss but not slippery
    Yes Joint stabilization
    Yes easy apply w sprayer
    Large pool deck and patio with walk way

  36. Ron says:

    Wet look – yes
    Semi gloss
    Yes
    Yes
    Area is flagstone around pool edge and also a wall of very irregular surface stacked stone behind the pool, roughly 600 sq ft. Would be almost impossible to roll a coating on this surface.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Wet look and gloss sealers do not work well for natural stone like flagstone. It will dry blotchy.

  37. Jack says:

    Yes
    Gloss but not slippery
    Yes
    Yes
    Pavers for patio

  38. Laurel Feldkamp says:

    Wet look-yes
    Matte or semi-gloss, can't be slippery
    Joint stabilization: Yes
    easy to apply: yes
    We will be getting a new paver porch and front walkway. How long should we wait to seal the pavers? Darkening the color is very important. Thank you

  39. Phil says:

    Wet look
    Semi gloss
    No joint stabilization
    Easily applied
    Seating wall caps

  40. Bess says:

    Wet look yes
    Matte
    Joint stabilization yes
    Ease of application yes
    Patio

  41. Ali says:

    What if I want to seal old red brick walls, which have suffered from too much moisture and leaks in the past? Which brand will seal these red bricks, protect them for several years from chipping and breakage, and hopefully be either clear or add very little "wet look" or "reddish" look?

  42. Zee says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    Matte or Semi-Gloss
    Joint stab? Yes, but darkening/deepening color is more important
    Easily applied? Hiring help
    3000 sq ft circular driveway in southern california

  43. bob Limbird says:

    1. no
    2. matte
    3. yes
    4. no
    5. driveway is one area
    Lanai with pool is a separate area

  44. Anthony Collins says:

    Pavers around a pool,will this cause a slick surface? Last product I used was slippery & safety hazard.

    • Concrete Sealer Reviews says:

      Did you remove the last coating? Might want to add some Super Grip or Shark Grip into the sealer for traction.

  45. Juan b says:

    I will using Super Seal 25 Matte. 900 sq ft. Will one coat be good enough or is two coats recommended. I don't want pavers to be slippery as it is next to pool

  46. Kristen says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    Semi-Gloss or High Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Very much yes
    Easily applied? Yes need to spray
    Small description: this is for 600 square feet of concrete pavers we just installed on our patio. Will be used to walk and patio set. We put joint sand in. Looking for sealer which is reasonably priced and thinking water based because from what we read the solvent odors can stick around and don't want to necessarily breathe those. Can we seal 3 days after we installed? Thanks you

  47. Stacy says:

    Wet Look? No
    No Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    Driveway

  48. Clark says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    Matte (but not slippery)
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes, but not critical
    Easily applied? Yes
    Driveway and walkway

    The paver installation is 10 years old, and I just powerwashed it and applied Sakrete Paver Set Polymeric Sand between the pavers. I now have a slight milky stain on the pavers, and would also like the sealer to darken the pavers.

  49. John says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    Semi-Gloss or gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Sure but not that important, soldier rows are in concrete so it won't move.
    Easily applied? Don't care
    Driveway so it will take hot tires and I want it to protect in case of oil drops. I will also use on some walks but the driveway is the harshest environment.

  50. Nancy says:

    yes
    matte
    yes
    yes
    brick around patio

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