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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 · 05/12/2013
    Apply the first coat to the deck then immediately apply the second coat while the first coat is still wet.
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    Patrick DeWarle · 05/12/2013
    Could you explain this please? Once the first coat is applied when is the second coat applied?
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    The Sealer Store · 05/03/2013
    There is not way to mask the cherry stains. Can you get your neighbor to trim the trim? Armstrong Clark is very popular for Canada.
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    jayson · 05/03/2013
    I built a new deck last summer from pressure treated wood. I live in Toronto. Deck is only 8" off the ground, shaded by a fence and under my neighbours huge cherry tree that drops thousands of ripe cherries all over my deck all summer. What stain do you recommend to prevent mold growth, protect from the cherries, and mask the cherry stains that are inevitable?