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Over the years decks have become popular for Canadian homeowners looking to add some extra outdoor living space. A deck can add curb appeal and value to any property. It's one of the best home improvements you can make outside the home.

Deck maintenance is essential to the life of a deck. Nowhere is this more important than in Canada where the winters can be harsh. No doubt Canadians love using their decks during the warm season but winters can take their toll on exterior wood. When a wood deck is not protected with a deck stain, water can seep into the wood. Freeze/thaw damage is very common on Canadian decks that are not protected with a quality deck stain.

 

The best Canadian deck sta, ns are the ones that penetrate deeply into the wood for maximum protection against rain, snow, and ice. But not all deck stains are compliant in Canada so finding the right one can be tricky.

There are however, a few deck stains that are compliant and have excellent penetration properties. These deck stains will not only enhance the beauty of your deck but will prolong the wood's life even in harsh winter conditions.

Two popular brands of deck stains compliant in Canada are Defy Stains and Armstrong Clark Wood Stain. Both are high on our list of best stains and are VOC compliant in most states and Canada. They come in a wide range of opacities and colors to fit the needs of most deck owners.

For the best results, a wood deck should be cleaned and stained every couple of years or as needed. This will ensure protection against weather damage. Clean the wood with a quality wood cleaner. After cleaning the wood will appear darker, this is normal. Use a deck brightener to lighten and restore the wood's original color. Once the wood dries coat the surface with a quality Canadian deck stain.

Keeping a deck protected with a good wood stain is a great way to protect your investment. Do not let harsh winter conditions ruin your deck prematurely and cost you expensive repairs. Protect all your exterior wood surfaces with one of the best Canadian deck stains to ensure lasting beauty for many years.

 

If you have any questions as to which stain is best for your deck in Canada, please ask below.

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    The Sealer Store · 08/15/2017
    Barry Kobryn:
    Your web site describes numerous advantages of Defy Extreme stains, but in your replies to comments on your “Best Canadian Deck Stain” page you seem to recommend Armstrong Clark more often. Is there any reason for this? I want to re-stain a western red cedar fence which was previously stained 3 year ago with a single coat of a semi-transparent oil-based stain, but has been freshly sanded down to the wood and cleaned with a sodium percarbonate solution. I understand I’ll need to maintain the fence every couple of years, but like to avoid the sanding again :-). (Resending this because not sure if it worked the first attempt.)

    Both are quality products for Canada and would work well. The AC will penetrate a little better so less chance of ever having to sand. Just clean and reapply.
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    Barry Kobryn · 08/15/2017
    Your web site describes numerous advantages of Defy Extreme stains, but in your replies to comments on your “Best Canadian Deck Stain” page you seem to recommend Armstrong Clark more often. Is there any reason for this? I want to re-stain a western red cedar fence which was previously stained 3 year ago with a single coat of a semi-transparent oil-based stain, but has been freshly sanded down to the wood and cleaned with a sodium percarbonate solution. I understand I’ll need to maintain the fence every couple of years, but like to avoid the sanding again :-). (Resending this because not sure if it worked the first attempt.)
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    The Sealer Store · 06/24/2017
    Bob Richardson:
    Where can I buy Defy extreme wood stain in the Sault Ste Marie, Ontario area or in the state of Michigan?

    There are not dealers in Canada. We are located in Bloomfield Hils, MI. We can ship this to you as well.
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    Bob Richardson · 06/24/2017
    Where can I buy Defy extreme wood stain in the Sault Ste Marie, Ontario area or in the state of Michigan?
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    The Sealer Store · 06/04/2017
    Janet Popel:
    We have a deck that is a year old, made of pressure treated pine and has not been treated with anything yet. What would you recommend we use to seal? We would like it to be as simple as possible. Thanks.

    Try the Armstrong Clark:
    https://www.opwdecks.com/armstrong-clark-stain.htm
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    Janet Popel · 06/03/2017
    We have a deck that is a year old, made of pressure treated pine and has not been treated with anything yet. What would you recommend we use to seal? We would like it to be as simple as possible. Thanks.
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    The Sealer Store · 06/03/2017
    Ed Calhoun:
    Thompson stain sealer was used on deck it is now wearing what is the best product to redo my deck and the procedure to use. thank you

    Prep to remove the Thompsons with a stain stripper and pressure wash. If needed, sand any stubborn areas after the stripping. Use a wood brightener after to neutralize. Stain with Armstrong Clark or TWP 200 Series.
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    Ed Calhoun · 06/02/2017
    Thompson stain sealer was used on deck it is now wearing what is the best product to redo my deck and the procedure to use. thank you
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    The Sealer Store · 05/31/2017
    Carrie-Anne:
    Live near Toronto going to be in Buffalo this weekend where can I but your stain for my deck. Sick of staining it every year.
    Thanks for your help

    We only ship from our website. We can ship to Buffalo if you would like to pick it up there.
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    Carrie-Anne · 05/31/2017
    Live near Toronto going to be in Buffalo this weekend where can I but your stain for my deck. Sick of staining it every year.
    Thanks for your help
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    The Sealer Store · 05/25/2017
    ray broughton:
    what solid colours are available with defy extreme wood stains

    Defy only comes in a semi-transparent.
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    ray broughton · 05/25/2017
    what solid colours are available with defy extreme wood stains
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    The Sealer Store · 05/20/2017
    Tudor ON:
    What would you recomand to use for a brand new )uninstall yet) pergola made of Red Western Cedar. I like to preserve the beauty of the wood grain.

    See this please: https://www.opwdecks.com/when-to-stain-a-new-deck.htm
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    Tudor ON · 05/20/2017
    What would you recomand to use for a brand new )uninstall yet) pergola made of Red Western Cedar. I like to preserve the beauty of the wood grain.
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    The Sealer Store · 05/19/2017
    Bob Deane:
    It is for the wood siding of my cottage. It is a mid dark honey Color that needs cleaning then brightening up. Possibly a clear stain ? Also I am building a small extension, siding about 500 sq. ft., and would try and get a close Color match to the rest of the cottage.
    The original stain is about 20 years old and was very much a oil product.
    I live in Grafton, Ontario .
    I have been reading aboutTWP 200 series and Armstong Clark , those seem to have maintained the oil level in their products but you may have other suggestions.
    Thank you, Bob Deane

    Either the TWP 200 or the AC would work. You do have to remove the previous coating to use these though.
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    Bob Deane · 05/19/2017
    It is for the wood siding of my cottage. It is a mid dark honey Color that needs cleaning then brightening up. Possibly a clear stain ? Also I am building a small extension, siding about 500 sq. ft., and would try and get a close Color match to the rest of the cottage.
    The original stain is about 20 years old and was very much a oil product.
    I live in Grafton, Ontario .
    I have been reading aboutTWP 200 series and Armstong Clark , those seem to have maintained the oil level in their products but you may have other suggestions.
    Thank you, Bob Deane
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    The Sealer Store · 04/30/2017
    william Price:
    can you buy defy deck satin n New brunswick canada

    Only online from our sites.
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    william Price · 04/29/2017
    can you buy defy deck satin n New brunswick canada
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    The Sealer Store · 04/27/2017
    Greg Sumner:
    I am driving down to Bellingham Wash from Vancouver. Is there a retailer in Bellingham I can buy your product from and am I able to transport the 100 or 1500 series back over the border? Somewhere I saw that only the 200 series is legal in Canada - what limitations does the 200 series have vs the 100 for refinishing my 5 yr old exterior household fir trim?

    We do not have dealers there. It is against Canada' VOC laws to use the TWP 100 or 1500 there. Best to use the TWP 200 Series. No limitations at all.
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    Greg Sumner · 04/27/2017
    I am driving down to Bellingham Wash from Vancouver. Is there a retailer in Bellingham I can buy your product from and am I able to transport the 100 or 1500 series back over the border? Somewhere I saw that only the 200 series is legal in Canada - what limitations does the 200 series have vs the 100 for refinishing my 5 yr old exterior household fir trim?