Surface treatment solutions for industrial buildings

Coating solutions for industrial spaces must meet specific requirements based on activities conducted. Tikkurila offers solutions for industrial spaces with different needs.

The coating solutions for industrial spaces depend on the type of activities conducted in the building. When designing and equipping industrial spaces, special consideration must be given to the specific requirements of the operations. Are there chemical exposure, temperature variation or other special demands within these spaces? Coatings and paints need to adapt to these requirements to effectively serve their purpose. Tikkurila offers solutions for industrial spaces with different needs.

Customised surface treatment for industrial need

Industrial buildings serve a wide range of purposes, from production and processing facilities to the food and medical industries. The choice of coatings and paints depends on the specific use of the space; what works for a brewery may not be suitable for a ship engine factory.

Industrial buildings encompass a diverse range of spaces, each tailored to meet the specific needs and processes of the industry they serve. Roughly, there are spaces for industrial operations, logistics and office use.

In more detail, in industrial buildings you can typically find production areas where manufacturing and assembly take place, warehouses for storing materials and products, laboratories for research and quality control, loading docks for logistics, maintenance workshops and quality inspection rooms. There are also offices for administrative purposes and break areas for employees.

Interior walls and ceilings

For offices and break areas Tikkurila Ässä and Luja lines offer durable products that are easy to clean and maintain. These lines are also suitable for corridors and other logistical use. In medical industries it might be needed to use antibacterial paints such as Tikkurila’s interior paint Argentum Plus that protects the painted surface from the growth of bacteria and viruses.

In industrial spaces floors experience constant use. Tikkurila’s floor products cover different needs: Fontefloor EP 100 for light stress, Temafloor 150 and Temafloor P300 for medium stress, Temafloor 3000 for heavy use and Temafloor 4000 for extremely heavy use.

Special spaces in industrial facilities

Additionally, there might be specialised spaces like cleanrooms to prevent contamination, hazardous materials storage areas, testing and calibration rooms, control rooms for process monitoring, and research and development areas for innovation. These buildings also house essential utilities, such as HVAC and electrical systems, as well as training facilities, security rooms and car parks. 

The variety and arrangement of spaces in industrial buildings are designed to accommodate the unique requirements of each industry and its operations. Industrial spaces require specialised planning for the surface treatment solutions, so it is important to discuss the product choices with the designer of the facilities. Industrial spaces often face special challenges like condensation control, overheating or high levels of hygiene. Tikkurila’s functional paints can effectively meet these challenges. Tikkurila GrafoTherm anti-condensation coating is a good solution for spaces where moisture condensation can become a problem. Tikkurila BioRid is suitable for new and previously painted surfaces in conditions where protection of the paint film from mould contamination is required, for example in food industry facilities.

Surfaces need to endure heavy stress

In industrial spaces the surfaces need to endure high levels of mechanical or chemical stress, and they must withstand abrasion and repeated cleaning with steam or pressurised water. The heaviest stress is usually directed towards floors, especially If heavy machinery is used in the premises. 


The purpose of the space significantly affects the rate of damage to paint surfaces and the choice of surface treatment combination. For floors in industrial spaces Tikkurila Temafloor 5000M, Temafloor 4000 and Temafloor 3000 might be the perfect treatment solution.


Colour design

Colours in industrial spaces serve mainly specific functional purposes; colour design is primarily centred around ensuring safety rather than aesthetic preferences. The colour choices play a vital role in coordinating and signalling specific areas and potential hazards within the facility. Several common colour associations serve distinct purposes: 

  • Red is frequently employed to mark no-go zones or areas of danger, invoking a sense of caution or stopping. 
  • Green is typically used to indicate safe and clear pathways, conveying a "go" signal. 
  • Yellow with black is a common combination in areas where potential dangers or health risks exist, serving as a warning. 
  • Emerald green, often used to identify fire escapes and fire doors in industrial settings, has been supplemented by modern signage and lighting for the same purpose.

In addition to general safety-related colour codes, many materials or industries involve separate colour coding like colour markings related to chemicals or electricity. For instance, with chemical hazard labels orange means explosive, blue means dangerous when wet and red means flammable. More information about safety signs and colours can be found from ISO 7010 standard. 

Of course, in areas such as offices or break rooms, the colour design can play more with brand identity and other needs. Externally colour can also be used to help promote brand identity and wayfinding for navigating around the site. When choosing the external colours, it is good to think about the building’s surroundings: How does the landscape change during the seasons? What colours are the driveways, parking lots or walkways? What colours are the surrounding buildings? All these factors will affect the building’s external colour scheme.

Sustainable surfaces in green building

Are you looking for an environmental certification such as BREEAM or LEED for the future industrial facility? The surface treatment solutions can help score points for those certifications.

We at Tikkurila want to do our part in promoting sustainable development and eco-friendly construction, so we are committed to the goals of the international Green Building Council.

Tikkurila’s portfolio includes a wide range of products that meet the BREEAM and LEED classification requirements. Many of Tikkurila’s products carry Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certification. However, design for sustainability performance is a key factor for building projects, regardless of if green building certificates are applied. Read more about Green Building and solutions for sustainable building


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