When choosing a brick sealer, you need to think about how you want the brick to look. Do you want to change the color? Do you want the brick to have a wet look? Either way, if your brick is protected, it will stay looking new longer. If brick is left in the elements without being protected, it can cause the brick to weaken and age faster than if it were protected with a sealer. Sometimes it will leave behind efflorescence, which is a white powdery substance on the brick which looks like this:
Brick is a very porous surface, and quickly absorbs water as demonstrated here:
The water darkens the surface before absorbing quickly into the pores. When brick is sealed with an invisible sealer such as Brick Sealer, it does not allow the water to absorb into the surface as demonstrated here:
When brick is sealed with a wet look gloss sealer such as Gloss Sealer, it does not allow the water to absorb into the surface while having a decorative shine:
Whether you choose an invisible sealer or decide to update the look of your brick, sealing your home is an effective way of protecting your home investment.