Natural Thatch Roof Materials

Natural Thatch Roof Materials

Take a boring landscape and make it look magical, using our eco-friendly natural thatch roof materials.

Natural palm thatching is available for new construction or rethatching of all your DIY build your own chickee, tiki hut or tiki bar projects. This is our most noteworthy natural thatch as it is the original tiki hut thatch.  Another option is our economical Mexican Rain Cape , you can cover a market umbrella, tent for festivals, trade shows, events or also decorations for a party. Finally, transform a yard to feel like you are in the jungles of Africa with our African Thatch Reed panels. The possibilities are endless. Please see a short description below and for more detailed information click on any category.

Natural thatch roof materials are:

  • Available to rethatch your existing tiki hut, tiki bar or tiki umbrella in addition to new construction projects.
  • Affordable while durable
  • Easy to maintain
  • Natural thatch roof materials also available with fire retardant
  • Several varieties to choose from
  • Weather resistant – some of our natural thatch roof materials are high wind, rain and snow resistant. No need to take down in the winter like canvas structures due to weather conditions
  • Keeps with a natural lifestyle, earth friendly due to all of our natural thatch roof materials being a replenishable renewable resource
  • Indoor and outdoor use
  • Nationwide shipping

Palm Thatch Leaves

Palm thatch is used extensively throughout the United States. It is cut from the Sabal palm tree that grows in the deep woods of the Southeast United States. This is a replenishable, renewable, earth friendly “green” resource.


single pole tiki hut with table

Palm thatch can be used on any exterior or interior roof or frame structures. It is the best natural thatch roof material we offer and it lasts the longest on open frame roofs. When installed as instructed, palm leaf thatch is completely waterproof, therefore the customer may put electronics, fans etc under their tiki hut. Palm thatch does very well in extreme climates.  It is highly wind, water and snow resistant, and low maintenance. Longevity is 5-7 years in wet climates and longer in dry climates.  Palm thatch will last indefinitely indoors.  In Addition, it can easily be fire retarded for commercial applications.


African Reed Thatch

African reed thatch panels are made from a Southern Africa cape reed known as Dekriet reed. The panels have a thick layered look when installed.  The individual reeds are multi- colored in natural tans, brown, green and amber colors.  As it ages, the color will fade to a greyish tan. It is a thick panel with a flexible binding strip. Because it has this type of binding, it makes the reed panel flexible to curve around round structures as tiki huts and tiki umbrellas.  It can also be used on rectangle and square structures.

African reed thatch gazebo

When installed as instructed, African reed thatch is 99% waterproof. Longevity varies approx 4-6 years in wet climates and longer in dry climates. The reed panels can be used in extreme weather conditions. Air flows up and through the panel making it wind durable. This also makes African reed cooler than an umbrella because it lets hot air escape.


Tahiti Thatch

Another option is our Tahiti thatch.  Made from strips of palm leaves making it a replenishable eco-friendly resource. It gives a wonderful appearance of a tropical hut or Asian hut with a slight layering effect. Tahiti thatch comes as a panel. It is golden tan in color, fading to a greyish tan as it ages. It is semi waterproof when installed correctly. Longevity is 4-6 years in wet climates, longer in dry climates. Tahiti thatch can be used in extreme weather conditions.


Mexican Rain Cape

Mexican Rain Cape offers a simple, cost effective approach to create an authentic palm thatch look. This can be used to add tropical accents for temporary projects, trade shows, parties or as a permanent tiki hut roof indoors. In addition to steel umbrella and tent covers. Mexican rain cape is pre-layered, giving the customer use of the entire amount.  It is available in rolls and sheets.

Pittsburg Pirates tiki bar with Mexican rain cape

Mexican Rain Cape is used a lot in commercial industries for store displays, trade shows and festivals because it can easily and quickly be installed using zip ties and removed when finished.

Mexican rain cape is not waterproof, therefore it is purely for shade covering or decorative purposes. This product is not recommended for exterior permanent applications. This product can also be fire retarded for commercial use.

Longevity is approximately 8-12 months in wet climates, while longer in dry climates and indefinitely indoors. If the customer is only using it as a weekend cover where it will be coming up and down it could possibly last 2 years.


Mexican Umbrella Cape

In addition to our Mexican rain cape rolls and sheets, we offer Mexican umbrella cape. If you have a patio heavy duty market umbrella that you want to spice up, you can throw this round umbrella cape right over it.  Just tie the ends down with fishing wire and you have a completely tropical setting. Many customers like this product due to how easy it is to install.

Mexican Rain Cape Thatch umbrella cape

The Mexican umbrella cape is pre-layered the same as the rolls above. It is formed into a circle to be used for tiki umbrellas and other round structures. Please see all the information above for a brief description.

Thatch Reed Ceiling Board

Finally, our last natural thatch reed materials product we have available is the thatch reed ceiling board. If you have a structure with a sub-roof and you want to put thatch on top, you are probably trying to figure out what to do with the plain ceiling. If it doesnt have a nice thatch appearance underneath, you can put the thatch reed ceiling board underneath the roof. Theses boards will be attached directly to the battens or plywood. It can be used on an indoor house or restaurant ceiling to give the appearance of a thatch reed hut. Trimmed out with half round bamboo and you will have  a beautiful ceiling.

It is  a hard board, 4ft x 8ft with glued pieces of African cape reed attached in layers. Beautiful in color already and it can be enhanced by putting urethane on it to preserve.

For more details on any of of Natural thatch roof materials please see each separate category.

If you would like help in choosing the correct natural thatch roof material for your project, we are always here and happy to help.  Please contact us with any questions or help with your designs. We always love to hear about what our customers are creating.