Install the first thatch roof panel on the second baton from the bottom and maintain an exposure of 12” per panel as you move up the synthetic thatch roof. Cut one panel in half at the hips and bend it to conform to the hip while allowing two hip courses to one field course. Fasten each panel with at least five roofing nails.

If the synthetic reed layered panel is installed on a sub-roof, what can I use to put on the interior of the plywood?

amaZulu offers sub-roofing options designed to imitate a natural thatch ceiling. With the Viro thatch layered panels on the exterior, no one will know you have a sub-roof. All you will see are thatch reeds.

Is thatch reed roofing supplied in only one color?

Our standard stock item has multiple natural colors to imitate natural reed thatch. However, we offer custom blends of any color for larger orders.

Contact us today for more information on our reed thatch or give us a call toll-free at 877-243-5309.

Viro Thatch Reed – Layered

Give your guests a truly exotic feel with these unique layered synthetic thatch panels. African reed uses hundreds of multi-colored, simulated high-density polyethylene. Our Synthetic Reed Panels are a perfect alternative to real, traditional reed thatch roof.


  • High-density polyurethane binder that remains flexible.
  • Each panel is 31” by 17.5” and can cover 2.5 square feet.
  • The top cone is 34” for use on the apex or umbrella, or roof.
  • ASTM E108 Class A fire retardant options are available.
  • Optional chlorine protection is available to prevent discoloration.
  • It can be used for interior and exterior applications.

For more information, please refer to the following documents:

CSI Spec Sheet – Viro Thatch Reed Layered
Spec Sheet: Viro Thatch Reed Layered Panel
ASTM E108 Fire Test


  • Resists decay and pests.
  • Made from high-density polyethylene that is 100% recyclable.
  • UV-stabilized to keep out harmful sunrays
  • 20-year limited warranty.

Additional Synthetic Reed Panel Benefits

  • A long life cycle reduces the per-year cost of your projects.
  • Recyclability helps the environment and can contribute to LEED points.
  • Sun resistance keeps your facility looking new.
  • A product you can trust.

Synthetic African Reed –  Layered Panels create an authentic African Thatch look and feel.  Reeds refer to several tall kinds of grasses that grow in wetlands. We create these artificial grasses and reeds by layering hundreds of multi-colored, simulated high-density polyethylene.  Synthetic reed panels are a perfect alternative to natural, traditional reed thatch. Using African Thatch Reed instead of natural reed panels and will provide years of maintenance-free enjoyment of your tropical paradise. If you have any questions regarding our reed thatch roof products, please contact us.