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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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    Peter · 02/27/2015
    Hi, I live at a boarder town just across from Ogdensburg NY, so I plan on driving across the border and pickup the stain from the UPS store in Ogdensburg (Zip-13669). Given the restrictions in NY and Canada, which are the top three solid stains I should be looking at and why? The application is on a south facing (no shade)PT deck and PT rails built midway through the 2013 summer. Can you also provide pricing of the large 5gln(?) cans as this is a very big deck which spans across 2 full sides of the house.

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    The Sealer Store · 09/30/2014
    Yes the Defy Extreme or Armstrong Clark. Make sure to let the wood weather for a few months then prep correctly first.
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    Cody Praud · 09/30/2014
    Hi, I am just building a new raised cedar deck for our house in Calgary. It will be facing the sunlight most of the time. I'd like to use something different than Thompson's sealer since that product doesn't stop the wood from graying. I would like to keep the colour natural. Would Defy Extreme be an option to use? If not, what would you suggest?


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    The Sealer Store · 09/22/2014
    We do not have pictures but you can get samples to test here:
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    Alana Jackson · 09/22/2014
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    The Sealer Store · 08/23/2014
    Randy, not sure which product you are asking about as we sell numerous. We only sell online.
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    Ally · 08/22/2014
    We have a cedar deck in Muskoka Ontario Canada. Thompson water seal was initial put on it. Has not performed, deck is getting moldy and discoloured. I would like to put a clear protector/stain. Currently using a cedar wash & preasure washer. Is your product available in Cleveland or Toronto? How much is 1gal & 5gal containers
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    Tom · 08/17/2014
    Hi, Have an 8 year old pressure treated spuce or pine deck on cottage we just bought in Ontario, Canada. It was covered in weathered and peeling paint on one end and greyed on exposed areas with a section that was also redone in tinted Thompsons after the other end had been 'stripped' with a power washer. Mess for sure!
    So I sanded it all down as best we can so most of it looks like new wood. But there is still some grey and stain and paint remnants in various lower bits of the grain here and there. I am assuming i need to strip and brighten to get rid of paint/stain/grey as best I can before staining.

    I want to use a semi-transparent or something I can just clean and 'maintainance' stain over in future years.

    Should I let it then weather a few months or should I stain right away?

    I have easy border access to Michigan so I will import the best product myself from a US drop. So I want the best product for my application plain and simple, regardless of jurisdictional issues because I will bring it in myself. Please tell me which product is the best quality. Legally, if you have to pretend that my deck is in northern Michigan or some other state with similar weather that has no product restrictions then please do so and recommend what would use in that state. thank you.
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    The Sealer Store · 08/17/2014
    Try Armstrong Clark Stain.
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    Ralph Henly · 08/17/2014
    We live in Prince George B.C. The Behr solid stain we applied to our new 840 sq ft deck was already peeling badly after one winter. After two years it is a mess. We are going to have to strip off all the stain and refinish. The surface of the deck is constructed of 2x6 pressure treated wood. Is there a product you could recommend that would protect and last in our harsh climate.
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    The Sealer Store · 08/12/2014
    Best to use the semi-transparent. It will hold color longer.
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    Mike Stolarik · 08/12/2014

    I'm planning on stripping my existing Sikkens stain off my cedar deck in Ottawa Canada and apply Armstrong Clark Wood Stain. For our harsh climate would it be best to apply the semi-transparent cedar stain vs. the transparent cedar stain? Thank you.

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    The Sealer Store · 07/22/2014
    Yes you need to wait and use the AC. Wait 3 months and clean and brighten with the Restore A Deck Kit for the prep.
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    Andre · 07/22/2014
    Hi, writing from near Lethbridge, Alberta. We just completed a brand new cedar front deck. It looks beautiful but I'm afraid it could get ruined real fast if I don't treat it or stain, etc. I've been looking since yesterday and read miles of reviews. The name Armstrong-Clark keeps coming back (haven't read any reviews about Defy so far). Should I wait to put the finish on the wood, or do I have to do it as soon as possible?

    Thanks in advance!
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    The Sealer Store · 07/09/2014
    Yes this would be a great choice. We sell two products to Canada that work well. The Defy extreme and the Armstrong Clark Stain.
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    LeeAnn Smiley · 07/08/2014
    I am considering purchasing the Defy Extreme stain (because of the great reviews) for a cedar fence and my friend is considering it for her cedar decks and rails. In your opinion, is this the best stain for our climate (wet in the Winter with not much snow, and warm to hot in the Summer)? If not, which stain would you recommend? Thank you, LeeAnn from Victoria, B.C.
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    The Sealer Store · 06/24/2014
    Either products would work for you after you strip off the Sikkens. Less chance of peeling with the Armstrong.
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    Mike Stolarik · 06/24/2014

    I live in Ottawa, Canada and have a deck that I have stained with Sikkens a couple of years ago and it's starting to peel after I sanded it all down. I'm using local white cedar. I was thinking of using Defy Hardwood Cedar Tone after I apply the Defy Deck Stripper and Brightener. Are these the correct products to use? Can I apply a water base stain after I strip off the Sikkens oil base stain? Or is the Armstrong Clark better for this application. Please advise. Thank you.
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    The Sealer Store · 06/11/2014
    Try the Armstrong Clark stain.
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    Ken Saunders · 06/10/2014
    Which is the best stain for new wood deck and window trim avalible in Canada?