The definition of Palapa is a traditional Mexican shelter roofed with palm leaves or branches. It is a Spanish word of Mayan origin meaning pulpous leaf and refers to an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof made of dried palm leaves. With its unique design to help airflow, it is widely desired in tropical resorts where temperatures are particularly high. A structure such as a bar or restaurant in a resort area is generally referred to as a Palapa. Another structure to be referred to as Palapa would be a thatch umbrella, open sided with a thatched cover. They are also popular with backyard enthusiasts to create a tropical paradise with a thatch roof Tiki bar and a Palapa thatch umbrella.
Because of their natural look, both bamboo and Palapa umbrellas create a relaxing environment and a tropical décor. Both Palapa and bamboo are plants, used in the creation of many items such as fencing, chairs, dividers and countless other items. Palapa styles can be woven palm leaf, African reed, or synthetic palm or reed. In their native land, Palapa thatch umbrellas are purely functioned as sitting under the thatch lowers the temperature by about 10 degrees as the thatch breathes, which makes it a welcome addition to your own island retreat. As a multi-functional item, it can be used inside or outside. It comes in various sizes and styles, and these umbrellas can be placed into virtually any setting and bonded with grass, wood, or cement and be totally functional. Different styles include the Tahitian round umbrella totally covered by thatch with a shaggy appearance fitting with a forest décor; like the Tahitian, the Mexican style also features a shaggy look and is known for its durability to withstand rain. Modern, contemporary styles call for the African style with materials from mostly African areas. For ease of maintenance, opting for the artificial thatch is an option.
OPTIONS FOR PALAPA THATCHED UMBRELLAS
Palapa umbrellas come in standard or treated with a fire retardant to provide a higher level of safety. They also come in a variety of sizes and have an excellent lifespan. The grass thatched, or grass umbrellas are made with natural pinewood poles. Keep in mind that if you are ordering collapsible bamboo umbrellas, bamboo is a plant and does not always grow straight but is totally functional in its natural form. You can order the collapsible bamboo thatch umbrellas in sizes of 5ft. 7ft. and, 9ft, in standard form or fire retardant. Palapa and bamboo umbrellas are low maintenance and made from 100% natural materials. When deciding what size thatch umbrella to use, consider the area where it is going to be used, is it a small patio table or a larger area that needs to be shaded and take into consideration the size of your yard. It should be tasteful and flatter your island theme.
The bamboo thatch umbrella is made with a thick bamboo pole and real seagrass made to be portable. It has a two-piece pole that can be unscrewed for storage or, depending on your climate, can be left up year round. It features the best commercial grade quality thatch that you can buy. To extend the life of your bamboo thatch umbrella by two years, you have the option of thatch sealer being applied to your order.
PALAPA UMBRELLA TOP COVERS
If you are looking for a Palapa umbrella top cover, they can be ordered in sizes from 7ft up to 15ft, and weigh from 20lbs to 90lbs respectively, depending on your needs. They are designed to cover your existing umbrella frame, leaving a bit of an overhang around the edges, giving it that nice, tropical look. The Mexican Palapa thatched umbrella have a woven knot interior and the exotic shaggy effect exterior, the look being achieved by the hand-woven palm leaves. Mexican cape covers are meant purely for shade; multiple layers would be needed to make it waterproof. In most climates, the Palapa thatch umbrella covers should last 5-6 years outdoors, and indefinitely inside, with two years added if it is ordered with thatch sealer. It is also available with fire retardant and comes with a fire certificate. These commercial grade covers are the same as are sold to resorts and amusement parks such as Disneyland and Sea World, among others. These products are not recommended for canvas covered market umbrellas. The Mexican Palapa umbrella cover will convert an existing gazebo or umbrella into a tropical Tiki umbrella.
Installation of your Mexican rain cape umbrella cover is simple and easy. Fit it over your existing umbrella cover and attach with zip ties, no special skills or tools are needed to complete installation. You can also use staples, but zip ties are recommended, pulling them tight with a pair of pliers ensures a good, solid fit.
THATCH PALAPA UMBRELLA KIT
Free shipping on umbrella kits! The kit includes instruction sheets, pinewood poles, all the hardware, two thatch covers, wood slats and the center main pole, which is 8ft long and 6" in diameter for the 9ft kit.
The 12ft kit includes a center pole of 6' in diameter with a 10ft pine lodgepole, while the 15ft kit features a 7' diameter and 10ft pine pole.
All the kits are made in-house with no outside contractors, with everything but the slats being pre-cut and pre-drilled. Assembling the umbrella kit yourself saves hundreds of dollars and assembly is accomplished in about two and a half hours with the included step by step instructions.
The thatch Palapa umbrellas, once assembled, should withstand 60-70 mile winds. Top quality pinewood makes up the frame and should last many years in all kinds of weather. The kits are made to order and ready to ship in 3-4 weeks. The same kits are sold to water parks, theme parks, amusement parks, movie sets, hotels, and exhibits. Also available is a four pole, 12ft diameter Palapa kit.
BAMBOO UMBRELLA REPLACEMENT TOP COVERS:
Designed to replace the covers on bamboo umbrellas, grass piece only, can be ordered with or without thatch sealer.
5ft bamboo umbrella replacement top cover
7ft bamboo replacement cover
9ft bamboo replacement cover
COLLAPSIBLE BAMBOO THATCH MARKET UMBRELLA:
Bamboo pole and grass thatch top, these are similar to a folding market umbrella with a two piece pole that unscrews to take down or can be left up year round. Comes with or without thatch sealer.
5ft collapsible bamboo thatch market umbrella
7ft collapsible bamboo thatch market umbrella
9ft collapsible bamboo thatch market umbrella
5ft fire retardant collapsible bamboo thatch market umbrella
7ft fire retardant collapsible bamboo thatch market umbrella
9ft fire retardant collapsible bamboo thatch market umbrella
COMMERCIAL GRADE PALAPA UMBRELLA COVER:
Convert your heavy-duty umbrella into a tropical Tiki umbrella by adding grass fringed thatch, can be ordered with thatch sealer or fire retardant.
7ft commercial grade Palapa umbrella cover
8ft commercial grade Palapa umbrella cover
9ft commercial grade Palapa umbrella cover
10ft commercial grade Palapa umbrella cover
11ft commercial grade Palapa thatch umbrella cover
12ft commercial grade Palapa thatch umbrella cover
13ft commercial grade Palapa thatch umbrella cover
14ft commercial grade Palapa thatch umbrella cover
15ft commercial grade Palapa thatch umbrella cover
All umbrella cover sizes can be ordered with fire retardant and with or without thatch sealer.
PALAPA THATCH UMBRELLA KITS:
Come with detailed, easy to understand directions, pinewood poles, all hardware, 2 umbrella covers, and everything precut and predrilled except the slats. A center pole and rope complete the order.
9ft commercial grade Palapa thatch umbrella kit
12ft commercial grade Palapa thatch umbrella kit
15ft commercial grade Palapa thatch umbrella kit
12ft diameter 4 post Palapa kit
1-gallon thatch fire retardant
1- gallon thatch sealer