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The Ultimate Guide to Artificial Thatch Roofing

Posted on: March 1st, 2021

The Characteristics of Artificial Thatch Roofing

Natural thatch roofing is beautiful, but it can be a lot of work to maintain. Don’t let the fear of constant upkeep and replacement keep you from installing your very own thatch roof covering on your next project!  Instead, we offer you artificial thatch roofing. 

Artificial thatch roofing has also been called synthetic thatch roofing or even plastic thatch.  Artificial thatch (or synthetic thatch) has virtually the same look and feel as natural thatch but without the need for replacement every two to five years.  Artificial thatch has also been called faux thatch and fake thatch.  While technically true, artificial thatch roofing is manufactured from high-grade polyethylene, you’d have to touch it to realize it’s not a natural thatch product. 

A thatched umbrella, trellis, or bar is a must-have for any tropical setting, but it doesn’t have to be made of natural thatch materials. Instead, artificial thatch roofing material will allow the same look and feel as natural thatch and will last up to 20 years… outdoors!

amaZulu’s range of Artificial Thatch Roofing

When looking for a variety of tropical roofing products, amaZulu has seven different types of artificial thatch roofing materials, each maintenance free, decay free, and equipped with a limited 20-year warranty.

Check out all 7 types of synthetic thatch roofing materials. We are sure one of them will fit your needs.

Don’t have any thatched roofing experience? It’s ok! Our artificial thatch roofs are easy to install.

All of our products are resource responsible, sustainable, and chosen with the source in mind.  So, here’s a list of them along with their unique characteristics.

Aloha Thatch

Aloha Palm Thatch

This synthetic palm leafing is designed to simulate a natural thatch roof look and full texture of natural shaggy palm thatch. Created with a UV stabilizer and optional fire resistance, aloha palm thatch resists fading, rotting, decay, humidity and other weathering.  Our Aloha Palm Thatch panels come with a 20-year limited warranty on color, waterproofing and texture.

Rio Thatch

Rio Palm Thatch

Created to mimic traditional Floridian thatch, artificial Rio Palm thatch roofing provides a lush tropical feel. It is also resistant to decay and UV damage. Designed to be laid over existing roofing materials, it requires no special skills to install. With an optional fire retardant coating available, installing a synthetic Rio Palm Thatch roof is an excellent choice for a variety of both indoor and outdoor applications.

Viro Palm Thatch

Viro Thatch Palm – Layered

Created from high-density polyethylene, Viro Thatch Palm Roofing mimics the traditional look of a java palm or Balinese thatch roof also known as Bali palm. Unlike a natural thatch roof, it resists decay and pests. Our layered synthetic Viro thatch palm roofing panels can withstand various climates while providing an authentic island feel for structures including gazebo thatch roofing as well as thatch umbrellas.

Viro Thatch Reed

Viro Thatch Reed – Layered

Give your guests a truly exotic feel with this unique layered viron thatch reed paneling. Using hundreds of multi-colored, simulated high-density polyethylene, Viro thatch reeds are a perfect alternative to real, traditional reed thatch.

Benefits of Artificial Thatch Roofing

  • A long lifecycle (15-20 years) reduces the per-year cost of your projects.
  • Recyclability helps the environment and can contribute to LEED points.
  • Can be treated with fire-retardant to increase safety.
  • Sun-resistance keeps your facility looking new.
  • A product you can trust.

Are you ready to Thatch?

If you’re interested in using artificial thatch roofing products, we would love to help you! amaZulu, Inc. offers high-quality thatch roofing products for all of your eco-friendly and exotic projects.

No matter your style, budget, or lifespan of your project, you can count on us to be your supplier of choice. We will gladly offer you recommendations for Natural thatch or Synthetic thatch.

Contact us today for more information or give us a call, toll-free at 877-243-5309.

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