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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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    Tom Totten · 04/12/2016
    I have a 750 Sq Ft deck with another 140 Sq Ft of vertical fencing on the raised sides. Located in the Belleville, Ontario area, the deck is in full sunlight until about 2PM in the summer. It is made from standard decking boards that have been pressure treated the new Sienna (light brown) colour. It has aged for 2 seasons and I want to treat it now. We liked the original color of the pressure treating and wondered if you would recommend cleaners and stain including quantities. I have studied various reports and favour either the Armstrong Clark or TWP 1500 but I understand the TWP is not approved for shipment to Canada. I can drive to a mail service in Buffalo to pick up your shipment.
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    The Sealer Store · 11/17/2015
    Too early to stain right away. Wait until Spring, clean and brighten with the Restore A Deck Kits, and stain with Defy Extreme or TWP 100 Series.
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    Jay · 11/16/2015
    I just moved and built a new deck (Nov 2015) 16' by 24'
    It's getting cooler in the upper 40s and mid 50's
    Any advise how and what to use for sealer in those colder temps in Kansas City?!
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    The Sealer Store · 11/08/2015
    Yes you should let is season through the Winter. Clean and prep in the spring.
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    VG · 11/07/2015
    I live in Toronto.
    Just replaced a small 2nd story deck facing northwest (back of house). New deck is 8x12'. Has cedar posts, PT joists and 5/4-6" cedar deck boards, and cedar guardrails. Balusters are the simple black round aluminum.
    Should I let it dry out and weather the winter unsealed and then seal or stain it in the spring? November and December here are usually rainy. (We don't get tons of snow like Buffalo.)
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    The Sealer Store · 09/01/2015
    You cannot but we can ship them to you.
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    Mary Anne · 08/31/2015
    Where can I buy defy stains in Ontario?
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    The Sealer Store · 08/26/2015
    Add it to cart then proceed with purchase at checkout.
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    Wayne · 08/25/2015
    How do I order 5 gal of Armstrong stain for a redwood cedar deck.
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    The Sealer Store · 07/28/2015
    Try the Armstrong Clark Stain. New wood should weather for a few months then prepped with a Restore A deck Kit.
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    Nicole · 07/27/2015

    I live in British Columbia, Canada, on Vancouver Island. We just built a new 20 x20 foot redwood cedar patio over our existing concrete patio. It is exposed to the elements and gets afternoon sun. I was wondering which stain you would recommend for this project.
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    The Sealer Store · 05/28/2015
    I would suggest the Armstrong Clark for this. 3 Gallons should be enough. Make sure to prep first with the Restore A deck Kit.
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    Rosemarie · 05/27/2015
    I have a new pressure treated wood deck (500sqft ) and it was bulit lOctober 2014. Can you please advise me which stain brand is best. I am living in Edmonton Alberta. And how much gallons do I need? I researched online and I learned that Defy and Armstrong are good brands but not avaialble in Canada stores. Thanks and i hope to hear from you soon.
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    Bob Cochrane · 05/21/2015
    I live in Calgary Alberta Canada.
    My deck gets sun on it from morning till around 2:30PM
    It is pressure treated cedar
    It is going on a little over 2 years old
    It has never been stained yet.
    I would like just a transparent wood stain ( natural color )
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    The Sealer Store · 05/08/2015
    Please enter products to cart and enter your shipping info to see the costs involved with shipping there. No dealers in Canada.
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    Manj · 05/08/2015
    Where to purchase Defy and Armstrong Clark Deck stains in Canada? Are they available on line and what are the typical shipping costs?

    Thank You
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    Cathy · 04/30/2015
    We want to apply stain to senior living accommodation hand rails in Saskatchewan where the climate is severe. Very hot vrs very cold. The railing is treated wood which was erected 2 years ago. Do we still need to extensively clean the wood prior to staining as The Housing Authority has to work within an extremely tight budget? I would appreciate any advise. Many Thanks Cathy
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    The Sealer Store · 04/24/2015
    We do ship to Canada from our site. Look at the Restore A Deck stripper and the brightener for the prep. For the stain, look at Defy Extreme.
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    sylvain · 04/23/2015
    Hi I have a 6 year old cedar terrace with previous cedar treatment on and a cedar fence one year old with nothing on. What is the best product to put on and the one one for cleaning and prepare the wood? Also do you ship in Québec province? Thank you.
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    The Sealer Store · 02/28/2015
    I am sorry Peter but we do not sell solid color deck stains.