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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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    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?
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    The Sealer Store · 03/29/2017
    Anthony2:
    Hi, I had a deck built 10 months ago in Picton Ontario,with MCQ pressure treated wood. I would like to use Defy Extreme semi transparent stain and keep a dark brown colour on the deck. Should I use the Rustic brown stain? Any suggestions would help.

    Defy does not come in a Rustic Brown color. The darkest brown in the Defy would be the Butternut color. This is more of a medium brown color.
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    Anthony2 · 03/29/2017
    Hi, I had a deck built 10 months ago in Picton Ontario,with MCQ pressure treated wood. I would like to use Defy Extreme semi transparent stain and keep a dark brown colour on the deck. Should I use the Rustic brown stain? Any suggestions would help.
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    The Sealer Store · 08/08/2016
    Pa, use the Armstrong Clark stain for this:

    http://www.opwdecks.com/armstrong-clark-stain.htm
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    Pam1 · 08/07/2016
    Hello-I am wanting to stain/protect my farm fence which is mostly unfinshed (rough)posts and boards. What product would you recommend? I need at least 20 gallons probably more. Thanks!
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    The Sealer Store · 08/02/2016
    Yes it help to clean and brighten after sanding. The stain will soak in deeper.
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    Shannon · 08/01/2016
    We have a three year old pressure treated deck that we recently pressure washed and sanded. It looks almost like new. We'd like to stain it soon, it's never been stained before. Do we still need to use cleaner and brightener?
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    The Sealer Store · 07/16/2016
    You should not stain the new wood right away. Best to let it weather for a fe months and clean and brighten for prep. The older stain needs to be stripped. Use the Restore a Deck products for all of this. Stripper and brightener kits for the older wood with the darkened stain. Cleaner and brightener kits for the new wood. Stain with Armstrong Clark in Sierra redwood for a rich red cedar look or Defy Extreme in Redwood.
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    Randy Francis · 07/16/2016
    What do you think is the best way to go about getting a weathered ( darkened) stained ( cheap red cedar stain was used i believe, darkened in 2 years) cedar sided house back to a point where I can get is reasonably close to a new room with fresh clean new cedar ( that I want to stain red cedar color) that I've just added. First I think I need to get a very good stain on the new cedar , correct? Like within a couple of weeks, is that correct? I can deal with the rest later, sounds like I need something like a defy stripper to get old cedar back to a point (I don't think the cleaner/brightener will do it, especially f I want to change to a better stain, right?) where I can stain and get it to look like the new part, or is that really even possible? I'd like to get it all to a nice red cedar finish if possible, the defy or Armstrong products appear to be best , which product would you suggest for this application? We are located in eastern Canada near the ocean.

    Thanks
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    The Sealer Store · 06/23/2016
    About 4 gallons for two coats. Yes it is in US dollars.
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    Ruby · 06/23/2016
    Is your pricing in USD?
    How many gallons of Defy Extreme stain needed for 400 sq. ft. deck?
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    The Sealer Store · 06/17/2016
    You will have to order them from our website for shipping to you. There are no dealers in your area or Buffalo.
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    cathy · 06/16/2016
    how do I purchase armstrong clark or defy paints if I live in Canada?
    Does anyone sell them here or do I have to order them online or cross-border shop?
    what stores in buffalo carry these?
    is there anything that you would recommend for a deck in Guelph, Ontario that I can purchase here that would be comparable to these products?

    Thank you!
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    The Sealer Store · 04/17/2016
    You cannot match a wood type when apply a tinted stain. Stains will change the color and enhance the grain based on the tint you choose.
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    Tom Totten · 04/17/2016
    Thank you very much for the answer below. Do you know which Armstrong Clark stain would best match the Sienna Brown Pressure Treating used on decking up here?
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    The Sealer Store · 04/12/2016
    TWP 1500 cannot be used in Canada. Against VOC laws there. You can use the Armstrong Clark and that is what many use. For the prep we would suggest the Restore A Deck Kits we sell. You will need a RAD600 package. For the stain you will need about 7-9 gallons.