When it comes to sealing pavers, whether concrete or paving stones, water-based concrete sealants or water-based pavers are the best option. Unlike solvent-based paving stone sealants, water-based sealants do not release harmful vapors into the atmosphere during installation. This means that you don't have to worry about ensuring that your workspace is well ventilated. Water-based paving stone sealants are also safer than solvent-based sealants as they contain fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
These compounds can cause negative health and environmental effects, so the safety of water-based paving stone sealants is one of the main advantages. In addition to being safer to apply, water-based sealants are easier to apply effectively. As they tend to be thinner, you can use a sprayer to evenly cover the paving stone area, ensuring maximum effectiveness. Solvent-based sealants are typically applied with a roller, which requires more effort and can leave pavers with uneven spots.
If you're looking for that “wet” look for your outdoor paving stone project, Seal 'n Lock's Super-Wet-Look water-based paving stone sealer is a great option. Knowing the facts about solvent-based and water-based sealants will make all the difference in your project. While they have some features in common, it's the differences that will determine what type of sealer best suits your project.