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This post was updated on January 19, 2022

The Best Deck Stain for Canada?

DeckStainHelp.com has become the Internet’s go-to resource for all things wood deck restoration-related. Since this article was first released, Restore-A-Deck Wood Stains was introduced to the market. It is a high-quality durable semi-transparent stain that is ideal for Canadian climates. Our go-to stains for Canada’s climate are:

Top-Rated Deck Stains Canada

  1. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain
  2. TWP 200 Series
  3. Armstrong Clark Stains
  4. Defy Extreme Stain

Feel free to leave us a comment below with questions you may have.


What is the Best Deck Stain for Canada’s harsh climate?

Choosing a deck stain these days takes more things into consideration such as the environment. Many deck stain companies are being forced to comply with these tighter regulations or be forced out of business. Areas like Canada have stricter guidelines than other areas for shipping deck stain.

Obviously, Canada also has some pretty harsh weather that can wreak havoc on a deck stain. Long hard winters and large amounts of snowfall can deteriorate an unprotected deck in little time. So finding a VOC compliant deck stain that will hold up to Canadian winters can be a little tricky. To answer the common question “what is the best deck stain for Canada” we will take a look at a couple of different brands.

Top Picks for Canada Deck Stain

Restore A Deck Wood Stain ReviewRestore-A-Deck Wood Stain can be applied to dry or damp wood. Applying to damp wood allows you the ability to prep and stain on the same day, saving you a tremendous amount of time. In 2018, our first full year of using the Restore A Deck stain, we had zero issues with performance and saved a tremendous amount of time with the ability to prep and stain on the same day. The Restore A Deck Stains come in both Semi-Transparent and Solid Colors.

Defy Extreme is a water-based VOC compliant formula that is still durable enough for Canadian weather. Defy Extreme will outperform all other water-based stains on the market. This unique deck stain combines Nanoparticles and synthetic resins to produce a one of a kind formula that provides optimal UV protection like no other tinted transparent wood stain.

Defy is a penetrating stain that will dive deep into the wood pores so moisture cannot get in. This is an excellent choice compared to the film-forming stains that stay on the surface and would not hold up well to harsh weather conditions. Defy’s high performing, low VOC formula makes it a good candidate for the best deck stain for Canada.

Another great choice for the best deck stain for Canada is Armstrong Clark Deck Stains. If you prefer oil-based formula rather than water-based, then this stain is ideal. Its low odor oil formula is compliant with all environmental standards in Canada.

This unique formula is specially designed to revitalize the wood by replacing its missing natural oils. These oils are non-drying and condition the wood while the drying oils form a protective barrier on the surface. It will stand up to harsh winters and ensure maximum protection in a low VOC formula perfect for Canada.

Another semi-transparent oil-based option for Canada is the TWP 200 Series. Containing a paraffin oil, the TWP 200 series penetrates wood extremely well. Paraffin oil is a “non-drying” oil that enhances the wood cell’s structural stability. This greatly improves the wood’s life and appearance.

Need Help Choosing A Canadian Deck Stain? Ask Below!


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Claire Warren
Claire Warren
2 days ago

What are the advantages and disadvantages between a water-based stain and oil-based stain? Is one better than the other?

Marc
Marc
27 days ago

Hi Scott, We just bought some white pine for my balcony and would like to know the proper product to apply. We applied sherwin williams super deck semi transparent stain and were not satisfied with the look. Before installing them I want to know if we can apply a solid stain on top and what product do you suggest? I was told that some solid stains do not apply well on white pine.Thank you.

Marc
Marc
23 days ago

Thanks for your response.

jerry
jerry
1 month ago

longest lasting solid oil stain for West Coast Canada, Deep Cove area

David
David
1 month ago

I have stripped and clean my 19year old deck and want to restain it. What is the best brand of semi-transparent stain available at retail stores in Canada. Olympic, Behr, Beautitone, Benjamin Moore, Thompsons……

Shengrong
Shengrong
1 month ago

Where can I order TWP200? I live in South Ontario. I cannot find where to order. What other band would we use? We would like to use transparent, or semi-transparent (nature) stain. Thanks.

Sandy
Sandy
2 months ago

How can you say TWP is top rated for Canada if it is not available to purchase in Canada ? I need to know where to purchase these top rated deck stains.

Wilmer
Wilmer
2 months ago

where can I buy it?ì

Nathan
Nathan
9 months ago

Whats your thoughts on Premier Extra Semi-Transparent Exterior Stainfrom Canadian Tire?

I am thinking of getting that to do my deck after looking at home depot they only selling Behr and Olympic and also being time crunch almost the cooler weather (5-21*C) is coming in Saskatoon Canada. Just got a new place built in 2018 and is overdue for a stain and sealer. For best result is sanding then wood cleaner needed for this pressure treated wood 3yrs old? pictures of the wood below I’ve hosed it down so far.

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Nathan F
Nathan F
7 months ago

Put it on during Sept/Oct a little dicey into Autumn but it was in the 10-23*C range which was nice. The prepping of the wood definitely made the paint and wood filler bond to the wood and get the dirt out as well. Will see how it lasts and I’ll comment back to let you know with photos.

I used Thompsons Wood cleaner first soaking the wood with water then with a spray bottle sprayed the wood cleaner along to scrub the surface and agitate it with a nylon bristle brush from Dollarama (with a threaded pole). With canadian tire premier line they also have 2x paint brushes (2×4 and 2×6) that you can thread onto the threaded pole which made painting the deck too easy. It’s definitely thick paint, applied two coats on top and one underneath.

Looking back kinda want to spray paint in with a Wagner spray gun to get into the corners of the 2×2 better and ultimately save time. And also wait for better deals on paint, but for now I’m happy with the result.

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Arnie P
Arnie P
10 months ago

First thanks for the awesome site and appreciate the responses.

What’s your top semi-transparent pick for new pressure treated deck? Thanks.

Ruby Degenaar
Ruby Degenaar
10 months ago

Hello, I live near Penetanguishene, Ontario. I have a huge old deck that needs to be restrained. I think an oil based stain was originally used, red wood colour. It was probably last stained in the early 90’s or earlier. Do I need to strip off all of the old stain or can I just pressure wash and re stain over. A lot of it is quite worn. I don’t know if a semi transparent stain would be alright, I don’t want any peeling. I sanded another deck at a house in Barrie Ontario and used a Cabot solid, and it peeled the next year.

Ruby Degenaar
Ruby Degenaar
10 months ago

Thank you for your help! What’s the best product to strip and clean with? I also have some algae on the deck as well.

George
George
10 months ago

Where can I buy the defy stain in Montreal Canada

Adina
Adina
11 months ago

Do you have recommendations for stain that is actually sold in Canada? The stains you recommend are in the states and the shipping costs are really, really high.

Brent
Brent
11 months ago

I have a large 8 year old pressure treated deck in Saskatchewan. Temperatures are from one extreme to the other here. I believe it was covered with a solid stain which is quickly peeling off 5 years after application. I’d like to match the green colour of the old stain. How best to proceed? Will pressure wash be enough or will sanding be required as well? And your best product recommendation?

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D'Arcy
D'Arcy
11 months ago

Hi,

We have a cedar cottage that was last stain with an oil base stain. Could you provide a couple of recommendations for best results. Its cedar strip / plank not cedar log.

Thanks

John Bennett
John Bennett
11 months ago

We live in Calgary, Alberta. We have a south facing 400 sq ft deck about 40 years old, and the wood is still in decent condition. We’ve had different people recommend various stains, such as Behr, Benjamin Moore etc. I see you often recommend TWP 200 Series or Armstrong Clark. What do you think of these other options or any others?
Thanks

Deb
Deb
1 year ago

Hi. We live in New Brunswick in a log home. We have a large wrap around deck that desperately needs to be re-stained this summer. The last stain we used was 4 years ago and was SRD made by Sikkins…it was a translucent, one coat stain. We did not like it and it sure didn’t last at all. Now we are trying to clean all the black spots off the railing with Olympic deck cleaner…a slow process for sure. The deck is cedar, so we can’t pressure wash. Should we sand it all down after cleaning it? I would like either a solid or semi-transparent stain on the railing and a semi on the decking. What do you recommend for stain? One section of the deck faces south, one west and one side north. Thanks!

Deckcrazy
Deckcrazy
1 year ago

We have a very large deck in southwestern Ontario and have struggled with stain not performing. Too much work to have to sand and stain every 2 years, and really needed yearly. What would you recommend. Definitely semi transparent – would be open to oil or water base. Just need something that actually works!!! Thank you.

Deckcrazy
Deckcrazy
1 year ago

Thank you – we were wanting to stay more natural hoping it would not be so obvious when it starts to wear – but it says the natural TWP200 allows natural greying and we really don’t want that – don’t want an orange tone – we have a darker brown stain on vertical surfaces, with brown-black highlights in it – any suggestions on colour that will give 2 toned look but be more natural? Thanks again.

Deckcrazy
Deckcrazy
1 year ago

I just spoke with the manufacturer of TWP200 series, Gemini, and they said it is not for deck horizontal surfaces and it takes 12 weeks to fully cure – I’m puzzled after receiving your recommendation for using it on a deck – can you speak to this discrepancy in product use before I purchase – thank you

Deckcrazy
Deckcrazy
1 year ago

Ok – thanks – just to clarify for me, does that mean you have to stay off the deck for 3-7 days? Thanks again for your help.

Yan
Yan
1 year ago

Hi, just wondering what I should use as stripper? The ones sold at the mainstream stores don’t seem to have good reviews.

Yan
Yan
1 year ago

Here you go. As you can see, the stain has peeled off/is peeling off in some areas. In some place it is not as bad.

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Yan
Yan
1 year ago

Ok thank you for the tips!

Brian
Brian
1 year ago

Hi. we are adding a 8×8 BC Fir post beam entrance way to our home in northern Ontario. The wood is freshly planed new wood. I was going to stain the wood before It goes up. What do you recommend and should I put on 2 coats or is one enough? Thank you

Jason
Jason
1 year ago

My deck is in pretty good shape overall, but their is patches of paint in certain areas. Before I can stain it with a semi transparent deck stain, Do I need to use a heavy duty floor Sander to remove the paint or should I just pressure wash it off or deck cleaner with a stiff brush? Please help!

Also any suggestions of stripping the paint from the railings as well (power wash or maybe orbital sander?)

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Jason
Jason
1 year ago

Please give your honest opinion. I live in Mississauga, Ontario. The first image is of my deck, picture on the right is the look im going for (grey) . Can you suggest a stain type (semi solid or solid) and a reliable brand for my type of deck. If prepped correctly, is their any brand that would give me this look?

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Ellen
Ellen
1 year ago

I live in Niagara Falls and had a new fence put up almost 3 years ago. It was built using the new brown coloured wood. At its present age the brown colour has disappeared and the fence is gray it looks terrible and I’m so disappointed. The green wood held up much better. What stain would you recommend?
Thank you for your time.

Peter
Peter
1 year ago

My location is Thornhill, Ontario Canada.I last had my deck sanded and stained in July 2018. The product was Sherwin Williams Superdeck semi solid stain which is peeling off everywhere. The deck is treated wood and is about 20 years old. I need to have the deck stripped and stained. What product would you suggest?
How long should the deck stain last?

Bertha Novoa
Bertha Novoa
1 year ago

For a new deck two years old what is the best stain brand in montreal

Bertha Novoa
Bertha Novoa
1 year ago

I was wondering I have 4 gallons of semi transparent Behr but I don’t like the color is too light . Do you recomen it if I ask the Home Depot to make darker to use it or I stick with the Armstrong?

Janet Morgan
Janet Morgan
1 year ago

What would be the best tintable semi-transparent deck stain for Newfoundland, Canada

Janet
Janet
1 year ago

Thank you!

Jennifer
Jennifer
1 year ago

My location is SW of London Ontario Canada on Lake Erie. I have two projects:
1) Pressure treated brown pine, deck and outdoor shower in 2018. I liked the brown colour when first installed. Lumber supplier recommended Techniseal … I went with ‘natural’ as I didn’t want to change the original colour. Applied 2019. By 2020, it was already faded and protectant not working …water absorbing into wood. Wood quite dry … checking. Deck is in the shade most of the day. Some mildew in shower area floor.
2) Pergola installed on other side of house in summer 2020. Pressure treated brown pine. Again like the original brownish colour so hoping for something similar. Nothing applied yet (except for end cuts). Gets afternoon sun.

Hoping same product will work for both. Will the number of coats be different for deck vs pergola?

Thanks …

Jennifer
Jennifer
1 year ago

TWP Butternut and RAD Dark Walnut are both darker than I was looking for. Are the TWP semi-solid stains able to ship to Canada? I’m looking for something closer to the TWP Pecan but it’s only in the 100 series.

Rosemary
Rosemary
1 year ago

Where can you buy the Restore A Deck or Defy Extreme in Canada (Ontario)?

Rosemary
Rosemary
1 year ago

Already had. So your answer is ‘no’.

Aaron
Aaron
1 year ago

Hi. Looking to stain my deck that has treated decking and ceder railings. Can I use the same stain for both?

Aaron
Aaron
1 year ago

What would you recommend? I’m in Edmonton – cold dry winter.

AJ teja
AJ teja
1 year ago

We are refinishing a two year old deck and putting in a new fence in Calgary. We want something that will last several years – looking at a solid stain. Which one do you recommend?

AJ teja
AJ teja
1 year ago

Thank you! We are going to pressure wash, but is there a product we should use for cleaning? Is sanding necessary? Paint is peeling…

kim gunter
kim gunter
1 year ago

Best stain to cover pressure treated deck that had Thompsons put on 3 years ago

William
William
1 year ago

Hi, I live in Quebec and I’m looking to save a 30yrs old deck (around 965sq ft of surface to stain). I just rebuilt entirely most of the railings and changed some floor planks. I plan to weather the new treated wood, but I’m currently looking to buy a great solid stain to blend it all together once it is ready.

I’m looking for a brown , I don’t want a stain too dark but because seating area is full sun I’m afraid that a light color (like RAD cypress) will become cream or yellow soon.

I already cleaned a bit with a pressure washer but I still have to strip, sand and brighten everything.
Which brand and colour would you recommend me ? I’m a bit lost between these 3.
Ordering sample to Canada is really expensive and I can’t find pictures from customers except from RAD espresso and Cypress, i need your help! 🙂

RAD Solid stain (Dark Brown), TWP 200 Series or Armstrong Clark ?

Thanks!

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William
William
1 year ago

Thanks for your reply.
For application, roller or brush? Or both are OK depending of the surface?
Would it be ok if I use solid stain on floor and semi transparent for railing as it is new wood (like RAD cedar)?
I know the opposite is recommended for dual tone, but in my situation floor needs to be solid I think.
Thanks

Natalie Jones
Natalie Jones
1 year ago

Our cedar siding has a semitransparent stain on it. It is only 3 years old. We notice a fungus on it that doesn’t not come off with TSP. We are suspecting that we will need to cover our siding with a semi-solid to hide the fungal growth but are sad to cover the beautiful wood. What prep and product would you recommend to cover over what is already applied to the wood. Thanks in advance.

Natalie Jones
Natalie Jones
1 year ago

We are located at the oceanfront in BC

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Natalie Jones
Natalie Jones
1 year ago

So which product would you use to strip? I’m having a terrible time finding a painter and most shy away from the intensive prep work. So the trip will remove previous coats of stain? Tricky part is that it is next to paint I don’t want affected. Approximately 1/3 of the house is wood.

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Richard
Richard
1 year ago

Can you buy these stains in Canada or only out of the states

James Elliott
James Elliott
1 year ago
  1. Replaced decking with pressure treated and told by installer to protect with stain. What do you reccomend for uncovered deck, Hamilton, ON?
  2. Thanks
Lindsay
Lindsay
1 year ago

We are planning to completely strip and restrain our cedar deck. We are in Calgary, Canada, the deck is several feet off the ground and over ten years old. It is south-west facing and gets full sun. We would like to use a semi-transparent stain. What would you recommend? Thanks!

Dino Bortolotto
Dino Bortolotto
1 year ago

I just finished stripping my cedar gazebo inside and out, and the railings and steps for my deck. I had intended on using Behr but after reading the reviews, looks like not a good idea. Problem is the top 4 stains you recommend for Canad can only be bought in the US. I’m thinking of just driving down there to pick up one of the four stains you recommend but borders are closed. I’d have to pay over $200 in shipping charges which is nuts. Question is how long can I leave my wood stripped before I stain. Can it wait another month or two when/if borders open up or do I need to stain now that wood is exposed.?
Thanks

Robyn
Robyn
1 year ago

Hi, I live in Alaska and I am looking for the best deck stain that will ship to me or I can buy local. I am going crazy trying to find a good stain. Tried both Behr and Cabot both about the same performance peeling and chipping everywhere . The Cabot was better but then turned into a nightmare when they changed something in their formula. August 2019 I hand sanded every part of our deck and cleaned it. Then stained it with Cabot Solid since the deck is old and had been done with Cabot the time before and it didn’t last 2 months!! Can you make a recommendation?

Chloe
Chloe
1 year ago

I have a south facing cedar deck that is raised about 6 inches from the ground, It gets full sunlight as there are no trees.I live in Muskoka, Canada. I had used Arborcoat Solid stain but every year I have to repaint a major part of the deck because the paint has peeled off. I will be sanding the entire deck and removing all the paint. I would like to use a transparent deck stain that will not peel off and it is east to apply and reapply every couple of years. I don’t care if it fades. What do you recommend?

Rachel
Rachel
1 year ago

I have a south facing deck in Ontario, Canada that we are currently trying to prep to stain. Is it better to you an oil based stain to make it last longer or does it make that much difference?

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

What currently available products would be compatible with the now discontinued Natural Deck Oil from Biowash (waterborne)?

Peter Gagnon
Peter Gagnon
1 year ago

I used Cabot semi trans cedar tone two years ago on a newly cedar sided cottage and it’s already fading. What would you recommend to recover? (There’s no pealing or blistering, just fading)