Zebra Deck has been staining and refinishing decks with amazing results within the Toronto Mississauga Hamilton and Barrie area for more then 12 years. The maintenance products and stain we use for decks are of the top of the line on the market.


At Zebra Deck, we offer quality and efficient service and reasonable prices for refinishing (resurfacing) deck, fence or pergola and making it looks excellent. Do you have an old deck that is starting to look battered and worn? At Zebra Deck Company, we can give your old deck a new look and help you save lots of money. This way is much chipper then building a completely new deck or fence. If it is technically possible - choose the deck refinishing! Zebra Deck, a company with 12 years’ experience in deck restoration stays to the old school (and still true) notion that oil-based sealers are not only best for the wood, but they are also much more conducive to ongoing maintenance. Many of our customers do not want to worry about their decks but merely enjoy them. While the initial cost of proper prep and quality products can be more expensive, the payoff is finish longevity and maintenance that is simple.


Regardless of the kind of wood, we are using, or the finish treatment you choose it's best to apply the stain as soon as possible, to reduce the effects of exposure to weather. Leaving untreated lumber exposed for more than six weeks is not recommended.

Exposed, unfinished decking wood can be damaged by the weather. It tends to warp, split, and crack from seasonal wet and dry periods. The sun's ultraviolet rays turn it to gray plus water penetrates it and encourages rot. Zebra deck recommend that decks should be finished to help them withstand the weather and insects. Even the decks built with pressure-treated lumber or with naturally decay-resistant lumber such as Ipe or cedar heartwood should be stained. If you prefer the gray color of untreated weathered wood, we will use a clear water repellent without any UV protection.

Wood decks do however require some maintenance for optimal longevity. When wood is subjected to the elements it can warp, split, crack, and splinter causing the wood to deteriorate. Rain cause the wood to swell as it draws in moisture. The sun then dries the wood and causes it to shrink, it is this constant swelling and shrinking that begins to damage the wood fibers. The sun's UV rays will also cause the wood fibers to turn gray as the wood ages. A neglected deck can be unsafe and quite an eyesore bringing down your property value. This is where a reputable deck refinishing company can help.

What is our difference?

Stain Quality is one difference

Locally we have available to us a variety of so-called deck stains/sealers. We call them “so-called” because whether it is an oil based or water based stain/sealer, they are all film forming stains. This means that they form a film on the surface of the wood somewhat similar to paint. You all know what happens to paint on wood. Cracking and peeling are what you get. We have cleaned and stained many decks with this very problem. These are stains that are used by professional deck restoration companies across the country but they refuse to play the big box store game in order to sell their products there. These companies make wood stains and wood stains ONLY. They are not a paint company that decided to make stains. These stains are NOT film forming stains and will not crack or peel.

Experience is the other difference

Our proprietary deck cleaning and preparation methods make all the difference in the longevity of a stain product. For this reason, we have selected a Cabot wood seal and the Penofin or Superdeck line of wood stains. There are companies out there that will throw a lot of bleach and water on a deck and then throw on the stain. What’s wrong with this process? Well for one all they did was change the color and killed some mold and algae. The other thing they did was to change the PH level of the wood surface. Incorrect PH levels can cause a stain to prematurely fail. Stains require a neutral PH for maximum adhesion. Sure bleach is a quick way but it is not the correct way. Our deck cleaning and preparation process leaves a neutral PH level for maximum penetration and performance.


A variety of different finishes are available for decks, including water repellents, stains, and paints. We always make sure the product we choose is suitable for decks, for the lumber you've chosen, and for the specific application. The horizontal surfaces of a deck (such as the decking) are subject to more wear than the vertical surfaces and may require a different finishing product.
Transparent or semitransparent stains contain enough pigment to tint the wood, but not enough to hide the natural grain. Solid-color stains (also called heavy-bodied stains) contain more pigment; many are almost as opaque as paint. Semitransparent stains can last up to nine years, but solid-color stains usually have to be reapplied at least every two or three years. With stains, the final color is a combination of the color of the wood and the color of the stain. A darker- colored stain will help mask the green tinge of some types of pressure-treated lumber.
Clear water repellents, also known as water sealers, keep out water and help protect wood against warping, splitting, and cracking, but only those with UV protection prevent the natural graying of wood. Despite their name, clear water repellents will darken the wood slightly, especially with repeated applications over time. We can also use water repellents with some pigment added, usually intended to enhance the natural tone of pressure treated or cedar decking. A water repellent with a mildewcide is recommended and is especially important if the product is oil-based, to discourage the growth of surface mildew. Water repellents with a mildewcide or fungicide are often called water repellent preservatives.
Deck paints can mask defects in lower grades of lumber. However, they're harder to apply and maintain than stains you may have to repaint your deck nearly every year to keep it looking good. Paints are not recommended for naturally decay-resistant wood since they tend to trap water inside the wood.

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