Synthetic Thatch or Natural Thatch

Synthetic Thatch or Natural Thatch?

January 30, 2017

It was 4 years ago that we first posted a blog comparing natural thatch to synthetic thatch.  Durability, construction rating, and your budget are factors requiring serious consideration when choosing to install Synthetic Thatch or Natural Thatch.

And 4 years ago, seeing the difference between synthetic thatch or natural thatch was easy. Great strides and progress have been made and today it can be hard to tell.

That means that evaluating based on the authentic look is now pretty much a thing of the past, so your selection should be based on the location of use, and budget.

Deciding Between Synthetic Thatch or Natural Thatch:

When should you choose Natural Thatch?

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Natural thatch

This age-old natural thatch material brings informal, tropical authenticity to the forefront. With amaZulu, Inc.’s Tahiti ThatchThatch Reed Panels, and Mexican Palm Thatch you can effectively, and cost-efficiently, add adventure to any project’s roofing. It can last for 2-5 years – environmental elements permitting, of course.

Natural thatch is perfect for indoor installations, temporary facilities, or when you require 100% authenticity for your outdoor theme. Natural thatch is quick and easy to install and makes a great material or prop for a play, TV show, or film.

Natural thatch continues to be the strong choice for interior design and treatments, offering authentic beauty and lower costs.

When should you select Synthetic Thatch?

In the last four years, synthetic thatch has come a long way.  Today’s synthetic thatch is an almost perfect twin for natural thatch, yet it has some important benefits for architects, builders, amusement parks and other professionals interested in architectural theming materials. 

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Synthetic thatch withstands the elements

Synthetic thatch is the best choice when you are working with outdoor installations – especially those in damp, dark (or both) environments.  This product type offers lower maintenance, longevity and generous warranty periods.

What’s more, while synthetic thatch may require more investment at the initial installation, it will give you a fresh, long-lasting and sustainable material.

The premium versions of our synthetic thatch materials all meet fire, wind and UV ratings for building codes of the most stringent states. These products include Viva Palm Thatch, Viro Palm Thatch and Synthetic Mexican Palm Thatch covers. 

Our mid-range Viro Thatch Reed is an ideal alternative to our African Natural Reed Thatch.

All of these synthetic materials come with up to 20-year warranties and they meet the vast majority of building code requirements.

If your outdoor projects require longer-term durability at a lower overall cost over time, synthetic thatch is going to be your best bet!

Additional Benefits of Synthetic Thatch

  • Long lifecycle 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.
  • Withstands the elements like rain, damp and shade.
  • A product you can trust.

Are you ready to Thatch?

If you’re interested in using Thatched Roof Materials, we would love to help you! amaZulu, Inc. is a global Mexican Palm Thatch supplier.  We offer high-quality natural and synthetic thatch roofing products for all of your eco-friendly design projects.

No matter your style, budget, or the lifespan of your project, you can count on us to be your supplier of choice. We will gladly offer you recommendations for Synthetic Thatch or Natural Thatch.  We also offer estimating and design assist services to help get your project started!

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