Tor Coatings

At Tor Coatings, we are passionate about the work we do and take pride in delivering the results you want, the way you want them. That’s why our service doesn’t just end when your project ends. By choosing us as your supplier, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ll be receiving a high quality system, outstanding service and complete peace of mind throughout your project and beyond.

Many of our roofing systems are covered by an insurance backed policy paid for by us* and comprehensive no quibble warranties. And by no quibble, we mean just that. If you experience complications with any aspect of your project following completion, our experienced team of site specialists will work with you to resolve any issues as quickly and efficiently as possible. No challenges, no problems, no fuss. That’s our promise to you.

* subject to underwriters terms and conditions

Our History



In 1975, Tor Coatings was founded by three colleagues: Alan Turner, Gordon Carr and Guy Readman. Translating to 'the peak’ or ’the epitome’, the name Tor captured the essence of the company’s aspiration of becoming the best in the field of coating systems.

Late 1970s

Introduced fire protection systems

Once established, the company’s initial focus was on anti-graffiti systems. This quickly took Tor Coatings into the emerging communal area coatings market, providing protection in tower blocks with high performance systems that hold back the spread of flame in corridors and stairwells.


Introduced waterproofing systems

In the 1980s, Tor Coatings moved into the waterproofing market when they introduced a range of innovative liquid-applied roof and balcony systems.


Introduced cladding systems

In the 1990s, Tor Coatings added cladding systems to their portfolio along with a wide range of protective and industrial coatings.


Acquired by Rustoleum

Tor Coatings enjoyed significant growth and soon became the largest specialist coatings manufacturer in the UK. This came to the attention of Rustoleum Europe, part of RPM Incorporated, who completed the purchase of Tor Coatings from the management team in 2007. The acquisition provided a backbone of investment and new products for the company, further boosting their offering. With the introduction of the Rustoleum consumer and merchant brands, including Zinsser, Blackfriars and Bolloms, Tor Coatings has continued to exhibit exceptional growth.


Reached £63 million turnover

By 2019, the turnover has reached £63 million, with Rustoleum Europe at $215m and RPM at $5.6bn. Investment in Tor Coating this year has totalled over £27 million, with a brand new purpose built distribution centre and head office, the introduction of SAP and the commissioning of a new aerosol filling line.

Tor Coatings in numbers


Total investment in our brand new, state-of-the-art distribution centre in Gateshead.


Approved Tor Coating's contractors delivering quality-assured product installation.


Our annual turnover is just one of the factors that give us market leader status.


Customers partnered Tor Coatings in the last year to support them with their projects.


Recognised premium brands delivering protective coatings across the UK.


The total number of different cutting-edge products across Tor Coatings range.

“We were very pleased with the work done to our Early Years roof thanks to the professionalism of Tor Coatings and our contractors Sterling Roofing. Everything was explained to us about the product and the application, all of the work was completed before the estimated time, and the site was left clean and tidy. The back‐up and warranty from Tor Coatings was another reason for us choosing them for our project.”

Andy Mercer, Early Years Centre

Research and
development lab


As part of our commitment to continuing quality and improvement, we invest heavily in our research and development activities. By employing some of the best chemists in the sector, we’re able to consistently exceed industry standards and guarantee exceptional innovation and performance in each and every product.

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