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A palapa (a Spanish word of Mayan origin, meaning “pulpous leaf”) is an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof made of dried palm leaves. It is very useful in hot weather and, therefore, very common in Mexican beaches, such as in Acapulco. It is perhaps one of the most important architectural contributions of Philippine culture to Mexican West cultures. Palapas are also common in Honduras and other Central American countries.


BAJA THATCH –Mexico (3-5 Yrs. Lifespan)

Traditional style – handwoven in central Mexico. Does very well in windy areas as the weave permits air circulation. Staples easily to wooden framed structures. We use a standard double-layer for our structures to get that thick, plush look, however if you prefer a single-layer instead, that is an option as well. Staple it (don’t tie it) onto your structure. To calculate the sizing, plan so it hangs over the edge of your palapa a few inches. A double-layer has a 3 1/2 years in most California climates, and 5+ years in desert or dry climates like those in Nevada, while a single layer usually has about one third of that life-span.
Mexican thatch panels were originally called “rain capes.” These garments were woven from palm leaves and worn to protect ancient cultures from the elements of climate.



FIJI THATCH –Mexico (8-10 Yrs. Lifespan)

Our “Fiji” thatch is the highest quality, Grade-A commercial palm. It has the longest life-span, to keep your palapa looking great for longer.

AFRICAN REED THATCH –South Africa (8-10 Yrs.

Lifespan)Long lasting…made in South Africa. Each panel is 17″ high x 31″ wide. Reed panels come complete with clips to easily attach to a steel frame. Or remove and apply panel to a wooden structure with screws, staples, or nails. Some people prefer the African Reed because it has a clean look. It’s a natural eco-friendly roof, giving 100% UV protection. It can keep you up to 10* C cooler in summer. It’s quick and easy to install!. The African thatch panels, when properly installed, is able to withstand high winds and harsh climates.

SYNTHETIC THATCH – Indonesia & USA (Up to 20 Yrs.

Asia and Canada (20-50 Yrs. Lifespan Depending on the type)

We have a few varieties of synthetic thatch. Synthetic Thatch is a great alternative to natural thatch because it is long-wearing. Many synthetic thatches are covered by a limited manufacturer’s warranty up to 50 years. Depending on your needs and desires, synthetic thatch can be a great option for you. This product is made from 100% recyclable, high-density polyethylene. These tiles are 31″ long by 22″ high. The tiles work best with an offset of 6 inches when overlapping and are designed to be installed on a solid roof.

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