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How to Care for Your Thatch

Thatch roof is one of the oldest forms of roofing known. Thatching is a craft that has taken many years to perfect, and has become extremely versatile in providing durable accents to any decor. The addition of a thatch umbrella kit or Tiki bar is an easy and effective way at setting the tropical tone to your landscape. Tropical thatch can be used to cover roofs, umbrellas, tiki bars, or accent other structures. Bamboo and Tikis brings you high quality coco palm thatch roof panels from Mexico (also known as palapas), cape reed panels from Africa, and thatch panels from Fiji.

Easy to install, our thatch panels are durably constructed and have the unique ability to withstand sun, rain, and wind. The panels also have great insulation qualities by providing shade from the sun, or keeping in heat.

Thatch also compliments well with other tropical decor items such as bamboo fencing, a bamboo flower bed border, tiki
, bamboo furniture, bamboo rugs, and bamboo water fountains.

While quality thatch doesn't require much in terms of upkeep and maitenence, there are minor things you can do to care and enhance the longevity of your tropical feature.

Preventative Care
Like with most items in your home, it is good practice to routinely inspect your thatch for needed repairs,  loose frawns, built up moisture, mold, rot or vermin damage.  Clean your thatch by shaking out loose debris or frawns. 

Drying and Ventilation
Thatch needs to be aired out and dried occasionally to prevent moisture buildup which could cause rot.  If you see an accumulation of moss, it could be due to the thatch not receiving enough ventilation. 

Birds have an affinity towards nesting in thatch.  Some solutions include discouraging the birds by installing wire netting in the thatch.  Another option is to place nesting boxes around your yard to encourage them there rather than in your thatch umbrella. 

Fire Retardent
Commercial establishments are required to fire safety thatch before placing them indoors.  It is good practice to apply a fire retardent to your thatch regardless, since it is a flammable material.  Our fire retardent is a white, opaque, water based fire retardant coating for the use on exterior and interior wood and thatch products. It is paint-like in appearance and dries to a clear satin finish in approximately four (4) hours. X-238 is flexible yet durable which enables it to breathe, shed heavy, driven rain, and withstand considerable sand and dust abrasion.

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