Building the roof of tomorrow in the tradition of the past
Thatch roofs speak of a time when roof thatching was man’s vital shield against the harshness of nature, which it still is in many parts of the world. The beauty of their sensuous curves evokes a thousand pleasant images and feelings. The benefits of thatch have been appreciated universally throughout history and are key to its recent forceful come back. Palmex International has contributed to the development of the thatch industry by producing quality synthetic thatching material, but also by supporting the protection of our environment.
Thatching back then and now . . .
From grass or reeds to palm leaves, thatch is one of the oldest building and roofing materials known to men. Some trace roof thatching back to long before the beginning of history, over several continents. Recognized and appreciated for it many qualities, thatching has not only survived industrialization, modern farming methods and environmental regulations, but even established itself as a sound roofing alternative.
It used to be that a thatched roof was the sign and symbol of a homy yet most humble abode. More recently, informed and eco-responsible consumers have turned to new and renewable materials. Thus, the shift to modern roof thatching was in part triggered by the availability on the market of artificial thatch by the late 20th century. Nowadays, in industrialized countries, thatch roofing has become the signature of a luxurious or eco-responsible lifestyle and social status.
Thatching the modern way . . .
It is less the installation of a thatched roof than thatch itself that has changed, though both have evolved. Building a synthetic thatch roof is much simpler and faster than building a traditional one. The first requires renewable minimum training, if any, while the second calls for skilled craftsmanship. Fiber thatch roofing is also maintenance-free, easier to repair and more cost-effective, especially in the long run. Artificial thatch being considerably lighter than natural thatch, less timber is generally needed. However, both types are appreciated for their versatility and flexibility, as they imply no restrictions of roof dimensions or shapes. Both natural and artificial thatch are also excellent insulating and thermo regulating long-lasting roofing materials, but a natural thatched roof requires regular skilled maintenance and will not last long if not both skillfully laid and maintained.
Palmex roof thatching products are designed to outperform in several ways.
- They carry a twenty-year (20) warranty.
- They are resistant to fading, mold, decay, rot, vermin and pests.
- They are 100 % recyclable, non-toxic, sustainable and manufactured in accordance with ISO 9001-2008 standards.
- They are not only certified waterproof but are also snow and ice resistant.
- Both A and C-classes are certified fire-retardant.
- They are tested for resistance to rain, snow, sun and very strong winds.
- Palmex thatch roofs can be taken down and reinstalled.
- They contribute to considerable savings in ventilation, heating and cooling.
Thatching around the world . . .
In freezing cold and tropical climates alike, thatched roofs are used for all kinds of structures. From simple shelters or impressive mansions to most unusual modern-day facilities, thatching is synonymous with protection, comfort and pleasure, but also of convenience, cost-effectiveness and efficiency.
Just about every civilization and region of the globe has brought its unique material, touch and roof thatching technique: Africa, America, Europe, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Oceania … If thatch is today the expression of the ethnic style, it is above all that of an alternative lifestyle and of an exotic atmosphere, or on the contrary of tradition.