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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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2,706 responses to “Best Brick Paver Sealer”

  1. Rita says:

    My pavers have areas where rust has I occurred from well water. If I use a sealer that darkens it that would probably make those areas too dark. I would need a sealer that enhances the color but doesn't darken it and it's not shiny. Is there a particular brand that I should request.

  2. Gene Weisbrod says:

    wet look NO
    finish NO Gloss
    joint stabilize NO
    easy to apply Don't care
    area – backyard patio about 1100 SF

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Try Super Seal-M if you do not want any change of appearance but want to seal and protect.

  3. Les Taylor says:

    1. Wet Look? Yes
    2. No Gloss or Matte
    3. Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    4. Easily applied? Yes
    5. Patio

  4. Tom Weber says:

    Wet Look-Yes.
    Matte.
    Joint Stabilization-No.
    Easily applied-Yes

  5. Dan says:

    ,,Wet look-no,no gloss,joint stability- yes ,easy applied- yes ,want to apply it on a patio

  6. Steven Audia says:

    1. Wet Look: YES
    2. No Gloss
    3. No
    4. No
    5. Clay Brick Paver Patio

  7. Antonio says:

    Semi gloss,and joints stabilization.
    How do I remove old sealer before apply new?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      You will need to chemically strip off the old sealer with pressure washing. We use the Concrete Sealer Stripper by Clemons. As for new sealer, try Super Seal 25.

  8. Jim Miller says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    No Gloss
    Joint Stabilization Importance? No
    Easily applied? Roller is fine
    Small description of an area that sealer will be applied to. Examples: front sidewalk to house

  9. Dan says:

    Yes, no gloss, yes, yes, patio

  10. Don says:

    Yes. High gloss. Yes. Yes walkway

  11. virgina says:

    wet look
    high gloss
    yes
    yes
    1573 sq feet driveway

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Virginia, look at the Super Seal 30. You will need about 15 gallons for this. Just one coat.

  12. Matt says:

    Wet look – yes
    No gloss or matte
    No
    Yes
    300 sq ft of concrete pavers and 600' concrete slab patio

  13. Gary says:

    1. Wet look yes
    2. High gloss
    3. no
    4. no
    5. patio pavers over 1300 sq. ft

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Gary, look at the Super Seal 30 gloss sealer. Just one coat is needed. About 13 gallons.

  14. kathy says:

    1 Yes
    2 Semi or High Gloss
    3 No
    4 Yes
    The area is a paver firepit – circumference is approx. 8 ft
    Thanks!

  15. James says:

    Wet look yes
    Matte
    No
    Yes
    Patio pavers about 600 square ft

  16. Joe says:

    1. Yes
    2. No gloss
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. 2000 sq ft of techo-bloc pavers

  17. Al Kelley says:

    1. Wet
    2. High gloss
    3 yes
    4. Yes

    5. Pool paver deck

  18. David M says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    No Gloss Matte
    Joint Stabilization Importance? No
    Easily applied? No
    Small description of an area that sealer will be applied to. Pool Deck in Chicago Area

  19. Warren says:

    Wet look
    Low gloss
    Joint stabilization not important
    Ease not important
    Driveway..small

  20. Linda says:

    1.Yes
    2 Semi Gloss
    3 No
    4 Yes
    5 Patio bricks 500 sq. ft.

  21. Deb says:

    Yes
    No gloss
    Yes
    Yes
    6×9 patio

  22. julie says:

    yes
    high gloss
    yes
    yes
    paver patio

  23. Doug Rehnert says:

    YES
    Semi-gloss
    YES
    YES
    Paver patio

  24. Darlene says:

    1. Yes
    2. Matte
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Driveway

  25. Kim says:

    1. Wet look
    2. Matte or Semi-gloss
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Multiple patio areas (pool, etc) and front sidewalk

  26. Sam says:

    1. Yes
    2. Matte or semi-gloss
    3. No
    4. Yes
    5. Front house to street walkway

  27. Mark says:

    1. Yes
    2. No gloss or matte
    3. Yes
    4. Yes
    5. Pool deck

  28. Mike says:

    yes
    semi-gloss
    no
    yes
    patio

  29. MIGUEL says:

    1 yes
    2 semi-gloss
    3 yes
    4 yes
    5 driveway

  30. Jennifer says:

    Yes
    Semi – wet look-darkening pavers-not slippery
    Yes
    Yes
    Pool and patio

  31. Sarahi Lorenzo says:

    Yes
    Semi gloss
    Yes
    No
    Pool deck

  32. Connie says:

    Wet Look? Yes
    Matte
    Joint Stabilization Importance? Yes
    Easily applied? Yes
    Small description of an area that sealer will be applied to. Walkway

  33. Caroline Hansen says:

    Wet look, No
    No gloss, matte
    Easy to apply
    Joint stabilize, somewhat important
    Large stone patio

  34. Bhola Dhume says:

    Yes
    Semi-gloss
    Yes
    Yes
    Driveway about 1200 square feet in area

  35. Scott says:

    Need a wet look that will not haze up….i am currently stripping the white haze now and do not want to deal with the haze again.

  36. Rosalie Sims says:

    Wet look YES
    SEMIGLOSS
    JOINT STABILAZATION YES
    EASY APPLICATION YES
    PATIO MADE OF RED PATIO PLOCKS

  37. Rom Sriraman says:

    Wet look, High gloss, joint stabilization is needed, (easily applied) over the drive way (Florida Sun)

  38. Paul says:

    yes
    high gloss
    yes
    yes
    patio and walkway approx 800 SF

  39. Brenda says:

    Wet look no
    MATTE
    Joint stabilization is important
    Easily applied, yes
    It will be applied around a pool and in a pool screen enclosure

  40. Travis says:

    Wet Look – YES
    High Gloss
    NO
    YES
    Pool Deck – Pool outline edging (red patio paver/brick)

  41. Bob says:

    WET LOOK – NO
    MATTE
    jOIONT STABILIZATION – NO
    EASILY APPLIED – NO
    DRIVEWAY AND PATIO 2400 SQ FR

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Bob, since you do not want any change of appearance or joint stabilization, try a concrete water repellent like the Super Seal-M.

  42. Evelyn says:

    No
    Semi gloss
    No
    Yes
    Walkway, entry

  43. Ben says:

    Yes
    High gloss
    No
    Yes
    Pool pavers multi colored

  44. Kristin says:

    1 no to wet look
    2 matte finish? No sure
    3 joint stabilization is very important
    4 easily applied (around a pool)
    5 pool deck (salt water pool)

  45. Anja says:

    Wet look YES
    No gloss eetc necessary NO
    Joint stabilization YES
    Easily applied YES
    Backyard patio

  46. atne says:

    no wet look
    semi gloss
    joint stablizing yes
    easily applied not important
    patio

  47. Matt says:

    Your article talks about breathable acrylics being something to look for. Is super seal 25 breathable?

  48. sue says:

    Will sealing help to prevent staining from bird droppings and chestnuts?

  49. David says:

    Wet look
    Semi gloss
    Not so worried about joint stablazation
    Not worried about application
    Large patio

  50. Briege woods says:

    Yes wet look
    Semi gloss
    Joint stablisation
    Driveway

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