Protect your investment – Sealer selection

What Sealer?

With so many sealers on the market, it’s hard to know which one is right for you. Will it make them glossy, slippery or change the colour? All concerns which need considerations when protection is important.

A number of hardware stores sell a variety of brands including Environex, Mapei, Commelins, Sikkens and Bondall. Each manufacturer will offer an array of options for your paving project ranging in ingredients, absorption, application method and appearance.

Below is a simple table for your reference showing the active ingredients of a number of commercially available sealers, their durability and suitability. Make sure you check the manufacturers recommended application methods and suitability before making your final purchase decision.

Base Coats  Type Duty Rating  Price  Suitability
Alcohol 2-3 Natural II II Clay, Coarse Concrete,
Natural Stone, Slate & Porcelain
Water 1 Natural, Penetrating I I Clay, All Concrete,
Natural Stone
Solvent 2-3 High Gloss, Darkening I I Clay, Concrete,
Natural Stone
Solvent 2+ Natural, Penetrating II I Clay, Coarse Concrete,
Natural Stone
Alcohol 2-4 Natural, Penetrating III III Suitable for most surfaces (not porcelain)
Water 1 Low Gloss, Darkening,
II I Clay, Coarse Concrete,
Natural Stone
Solvent 1-6 Natural, Penetrating II II Suitable for most surfaces (not porcelain)

If you are still unsure on what sealer will work best for your project, below is a few common paving products with our recommended product type:

Adbri Quadro Pavers – A topical solvent-based sealer such as Endure from Environex. As Quadro Pavers are a very coarse and porous paver, the sealer will be absorbed nicely with a very slight sheen. It will slightly deepen the paver colour.

Wetcast Concrete, such as Edenstone or Boral – A penetrating solvent-based sealer such as Tuscan from Environex. Tuscan will absorb into the dense concrete finish leaving an unaltered appearance. If a sealer like Endure is used, the finish would be hight gloss.

Natural Himalayan Sandstone – A water-based stone sealer works great on natural stone with colour variation.  The sealer will enhance the natural colours of stone and really make it “pop” and will darken the colour overall.

Check out our next blog here Protect Your Investment – Sealer Application for a step-by-step guide on getting the job done right!