Why Synthetic Thatch

Thatching back then and now . . .


Thatching, is one of the oldest roofing techniques there is and was commonly used by many cultures all over the world. Examples of the various materials used for thatch include straw, palm leaves, water reeds, grass etc.

Over the years and across the world, thatch roofing has undergone several changes in terms of materials being used based on their availability as well as the installation methods. There is an art to traditional thatching, but a diminishing number of skilled labour and other disadvantages associated with natural thatch such as its high maintenance, fire risk and pest infestation have rendered it relatively impractical in the modern age.

Therefore, due to the inconveniences of natural thatch, and in a bid to be eco-responsible but still maintain a tropical look, consumers have turned to sustainable roofing materials, which include artificial thatch.

Read more about the disadvantages of natural thatch here.

THATCHING THE MODERN WAY – The advantages of synthetic thatch


Building a synthetic thatch roof is much simpler and faster than building a traditional one. The first requires minimum training, if any, while the second calls for skilled craftsmanship. Synthetic thatch roofing is also maintenance-free, easier to repair and more cost-effective, especially in the long run. Since artificial thatch is considerably lighter than natural thatch, lighter material for the structure is generally needed. However, both types are appreciated for their versatility and flexibility, as they imply no restrictions of roof dimensions or shapes. Synthetic thatch will appeal to the eco-conscious consumer since it does not involve the harvesting of leaves and causing damage to the natural environment. To ensure that natural thatch roofs are not prone to infestation by pests and fungus, pesticides and insecticides are regularly used, whereas no toxic chemicals are required when artificial thatch is used.

Palmex International is currently the world’s leading producer and distributor of a sustainable synthetic roofing solution that is LEED-certified and requires zero-maintenance.

Here are some of the advantages of Palmex Synthetic Thatch:


Added Value
  • They carry a twenty-year (20) written warranty.
  • Palmex thatch roofs can be taken down and reinstalled.
  • They allow for considerable savings in ventilation, heating and cooling.

Key Features
  • They are resistant to fading, mould, decay, rot, vermin and pests.
  • They are 100% recyclable, non-toxic, sustainable and manufactured in accordance with ISO 9001-2008 standards.
  • They are 100% waterproof
  • They are tested for resistance to rain, snow, sun and very strong winds.

Read more about the Story of Palmex here

  • “I am in the hospitality business, with our flagship property in one of the most beautiful locations at The Andamans. We are blessed with crystal clear waters, endless sands and unspoiled beaches that lure luxury travelers from different parts of the world. At Bigtree Hospitality, we are committed to showcasing this natural beauty by using the right materials, so the overall organic, earthy, green look and feel is kept intact. We want to provide our guests an opportunity to commune with nature, and feel connected without compromising on luxury, so they feel pampered.

    While building a resort in Chidiya Tapu, we planned on a bamboo-themed restaurant by using bamboo rafters. We were particular that the property has an intimate, natural aesthetic inspired by tropical Balinese architecture. This is why we chose Palmex, for its earthy, vernacular look. Palmex mimics the woven appeal of natural thatch but eliminates all the pain points of using palm or coconut leaves. We were a little concerned if Palmex would hold up well during the heavy monsoons, in the Andamans. But we are happy to report that not a single drop of water has gotten through the roof, since installation, even with heavy rainfall.

    I would recommend Palmex as a vendor to other hospitality businesses. Procurement of the material and installation, even to a remote location like Chidiya Tapu was a breeze. If you want to recreate the magical appeal of natural thatched roofs, with a high-quality, durable artificial eco-friendly material and want professional, courteous, timely service – don’t look beyond Palmex!” Sumer Verma, Managing Director, Bigtree Hospitality”

  • “Palmex leaves give a natural look to the treehouse, with its original colour and design. Our guests look forward to a stay in a treehouse with modern amenities, but with the charm of a thatched roof. ” Sachin K Jose, General Manager, Greenberg Resorts

  • “The product looked better than I expected… People who live around are dropping in just to see the roof! The Palmex team oversaw the installation with a lot of commitment and this was very impressive.” Yashwant Bhelke, Architect

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