Temperatures are climbing steadily, and it already promises to be a blazingly hot summer. This is why we have compiled a series of answers to all your questions on using Palmex synthetic thatch as a roofing solution for the summer season in a tropical country like India. Read on…
1. Does the Palmex artificial thatch help keep the heat out?
Installing a synthetic thatch like Palmex is a better option than going with an all-natural thatched roof made of grass, straw or hay because, unlike natural thatch, Palmex is made of HDPE or an industrial strength polyethylene plastic which does not conduct heat easily. While the Palmex roof will be hot to the touch, it will not transmit the heat indoors as easily as natural thatch does.
Also, Palmex roofs do not need to be coated with any special anti-UV material post installation. Palmex roofs are made to reflect UV rays during the manufacturing and moulding process, and thus protect you from the harshest effects of the sun.
2. Which variant of Palmex roofing is best to keep cool, indoors?
We currently sell two variants of Palmex artificial thatch, Aloha and Rio. Your Aloha synthetic thatched roof looks just as good from the inside as it does from the outside. In our experience, and from feedback gathered from satisfied customers, the Aloha variant is better at keeping your structure cool. This is because inbuilt air pockets in the weave help expel hot air that rises to the top and encourages better air circulation.
3. How much of a temperature drop can I expect by using Palmex over natural thatch?
You can expect your property to be cooler by 3-5 degrees when you opt for Palmex artificial thatch over natural thatch. This makes a huge difference to ensure the comfort of residents and guests in tropical settings, say on a beach-front property, or in a location known for its hot summers.
4. What about fading and discolouration of artificial thatch in the hot sun?
We offer a 20-year written guarantee that Palmex will not get discoloured or look faded even when exposed to direct, harsh sunlight. So you can rest assured that your Palmex thatch roof will look just as good as new with zero maintenance, year after year, even during hot summers and heavy monsoons.
Preeti Prakash | Journalist