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Mexican Palm Thatch

Mexican palm thatch is a sustainable, commercial-grade product available from Forever Bamboo. Use it for roofing for interior or exterior projects. In any residential or commercial application, it will provide durability, versatile performance and a unique tropical look your guests or customers will love. Potential uses include outdoor patios, Palapas, cabanas, Tiki bars and more. We sell multiple sizes and styles — browse our inventory below, or get in touch with a representative to request a quote.

Commercial Project?

We sell several Mexican palm thatch products for a variety of applications. Palm thatch runners are long rolls that are ideal for fencing or roofing. We also sell individual panels in various sizes, as well as roof ridge caps and round umbrella covers. We also sell a variety of free-standing umbrellas, Tiki huts and Palapas made with Mexican palm thatch. All products are subject to a rigorous inspection process, ensuring that any order we send to you meets our quality control standards. You can count on us as your Mexican palm thatch supplier.

What Is Mexican Palm Thatch?

Our palm thatch panels are handcrafted in Mexico using traditional weaving techniques that artisans in the country have trusted for centuries. Our artisan partners make them entirely from sustainably sourced palm leaves.

Historically, Mexican thatch panels were called rain capes, a waterproof garment that was worn during the rainy season. The multiple layers of palm leaves allowed for rain to roll off immediately upon impact. Today, rain capes are seldom used in Mexican culture; however, thatch is still used on building structures for the same purpose. Multiple layers of Mexican thatch roofing materials provide water resistance for roofing structures by helping direct the flow outward from the roof’s edge.


Historically, Mexican thatch panels were called “rain capes”, a waterproof garment that was worn during the rainy season. The multiple layers of palm leaves allowed for rain to roll off immediately upon impact. Today, rain capes are seldom used in Mexican culture; however, thatch is still used on building structures for the same purpose. Multiple layers of Mexican thatch materials provide water resistance for roofing structures by helping direct the flow outward from the roof’s edge.

Mexican Thatch Uses

Thatched palm leaves served multiple purposes in the past, and they still do today. Our customers use our palm leaf thatch panels for a variety of applications. Roofing is the most popular use of Mexican palm leaf thatch by far. Mexican thatch perfectly tops off tropical structures like Palapas and Tiki huts and blends well into their island aesthetics. Innovative decorators use our Mexican thatch runner rolls to accent furniture and existing thatch roofs.

Why Use Palm Thatch?

Palm thatch is affordable, attractive and environmentally friendly. Palm trees are not damaged during the harvesting process, making our product endlessly renewable. As well, palms are less resource-intensive to grow than other trees, reducing the overall carbon footprint of our supply chain.

Beyond sustainability, one of the leading benefits of Mexican palm thatch is its unique look. With it, you can instantly transform an indoor or outdoor space into a tropical hideaway. Use it for both residential and commercial applications.

Palm thatch is not only attractive, but also affordable and environmentally friendly. The palm trees are not damaged during the harvesting process, providing long-term renewability. In addition, palms are less resource-intensive to grow than other trees, reducing the overall carbon footprint of our supply chain. These benefits add up to a lower impact on the environment and a lower price for the customer.

Installation and Application Guidelines

Palm thatch is moderately easy to install on a roof. When used for exterior projects, it typically has a lifespan of up to five years, depending on your individual climate conditions. Most installations don't require any additional treatment, though we do offer a chemical coating that provides a level of fire retardancy for both interior and exterior applications. Mexican palm leaf thatch and other types of thatch roofing take the following steps to install:

  1. Use a measuring tape and marker to indicate where you want to attach your panels. This step saves you a lot of guesswork during installation.
  2. Cut your thatch roll into separate sections using a heavy-duty blade or scissors. Any sharp cutter should do the job.
  3. Apply a row of thatch panels to the bottom of your roof. Remember to keep the woven side down and the shaggy side up.
  4. Add each consecutive row above the previous, leaving an overhang of about 12-16 inches. This wide overlap ensures even coverage all over your roof.
  5. Measure any leftover gaps in the roof hips and cover them with smaller sections cut to size. You can use as small a size as you need to get the right look.
  6. Trim your thatch roofing to make it even in size and shape. Sometimes thatch naturally varies in length, or you need to adjust the roof's overhang.

Remember that you don't have to figure it all out by yourself. Our customer support team has the expertise to guide your product choice and installation. They understand how to recommend measurements and materials that fit your project. Contact Forever Bamboo today to get in touch with our highly trained representatives for more information.

Why Shop Forever Bamboo?

Our palm thatch rolls are just one of the many natural roofing and fencing products offered at Forever Bamboo. We are a longstanding supplier of high-quality, carefully sourced items made from palm, bamboo and other materials. No need to worry where to buy thatch and other materials for your project — we have you covered. We are highly selective in the products we sell and maintain an extensive inventory of some of our most popular items, which are ready to ship from our San Diego headquarters.

Count on Forever Bamboo for industry-leading expertise in all things related to palm thatch and bamboo roofing. Our team is available five days a week to process your order and answer any questions you have about our products. Shop online or get in touch by phone at 877-912-2244 or via online message to get started today.

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