Definition: A palapa is an open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof made of dried palm leaves.
The average person may think that a palapa is the same thing as a tiki hut. However, there are some fundamental differences. First is that a palapa has supports directly under its roof, while a tiki hut is usually designed with structural supports around the edges.
The two most common types of palapa are the one-pole palapa and the two-pole palapa. Since palapas are frequently made with a single pole support and are used for shade, they are sometimes mistaken for thatched umbrellas.
What distinguishes a palapa from a thatched umbrella is that a palapa is typically attached to a permanent structure whereas a thatched umbrella is movable. Also, you can fold a thatched umbrella, whereas a cannot fold a palapa because it is ridged.
Where can palapas traditionally be found?
Historically palapas can be found in coastal areas of Western Mexico, like Acapulco. However recently these thatched structures are becoming increasingly popular in Florida, Texas, and California, where the weather and temperatures are conducive to outdoor activities year-around.
Homeowners that want a Baja or tropical design have adopted palapa as a critical element in backyard decor.
How much does a palapa cost?
Palapa prices can range from depending on the size, and custom palapa prices can vary widely.
How long will a palapa last?
Thatch is a natural product made from plants, so every four to six years it will be necessary to replace worn pieces of thatch. Fortunately, this is typically very easy to do, you can remove worn thatch pieces from the supporting frame, and the new pieces of thatch can be put in place to cover the palapa.
How can I get a Palapa?
If you are thinking about having a palapa built in your backyard or perhaps by your pool, give us call for a free estimate. We would love to back your backyard dreams come true.