Palmex Original outstanding benefits*

Your satisfaction is our priority. Palmex International doesn’t only constantly work on improving the quality of its product but also on resolving issues that one would normally encounter with any other roofing material. Take Palmex outstanding benefits and make them your own!


  • Full protection against mold and mildew, insects and animals avoiding proliferation of bacteria therefore providing you with clean thatch.
Eco responsible


  • 50-year lifespan
  • 20-year warranty
  • Environmentally-friendly material
  • No toxic product fumigation
  • Recycled & recyclable
  • Zero-waste production
  • Reusable packaging
peace of mind

Peace of mind

  • Quick and easy installation process
  • No leaf replacement or repair
  • No maintenance or daily upkeep for the indoor areas: Cost saving
all-weather proof

All-weather proof

  • 100% waterproof
  • Certified wind-resistance to 260 km/h (160 mph)
  • Certified UV-resistant and fade-resistant
  • Industrial-strength material
  • Fire-retardant version available
  • Proven insulation
return on investment

Return on investment

  • No renovation needed = no temporary hotel closing for maintenance = cost saving
  • No customer compensation
  • Structure protection

*excludes Fiji and Palmita

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We are present in more than 87 countries spread on 5 continents.

What truly makes us eco-friendly?

toxic fumigation

Does not require
toxic product

superior quality

50-year lifespan

recycled material recyclable

Partially made
from recycled material
& 100% recyclable

zero waste production

Zero Waste

member canada us green council

Member of Canada and US
Green Building Council:

We provide credits to project developers wishing to achieve LEED certification

partner vertima

We partner
with Vertima

Assisting building professionals with the implementation of green construction specifications

long term solution over-harvesting

Long-term solution
to over-harvesting

Long-term solution to issue of massive over-harvesting throughout the planet

Palmex vs Natural Natural Roofing
20 years Warranty Generally non-existent
50 years Lifespan 2-5 years
100% recyclable Eco-friendly Toxic fumigation / waste production
Maintenance free Maintenance Needs maintenance
Certified all-weather proof Weather proof Suffers damage from weather
   Thatch Roofing Natural Leaves Roofing
  • 20 years
  • Generally non-existent
Life expectancy
  • 50 years
  • Replaced every 2 to 5 years
  • Made of high-density Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Industrial strength, superior resistance
  • UV protection
  • Same polymer used to manufacture fuel cans, paddleboats, kayaks, sleds, slides, etc
  • Often suffers damage from climate conditions, insects, moss, rot, as well as exposure to sun, wind and sea salted air
  • These days, traditional thatch preparation (proper harvesting, saltwater treatment, drying sequence, weaving, etc.) is often neglected or compromised
  • Maintenance free, self-cleaning design
  • No accumulation of residue
  • Regular maintenance required; repairs, insecticides, fumigation, fire-resistance treatments, cleaning of underlying floors and furniture, etc.
  • Recurring labour costs
Wind resistance
  • Certified against winds up to 260 km/h (160 mph)
  • Wind clips available for additional resistance
  • No existing standards – generally low wind resistance
  • Ensuing repairs and maintenance involved
Water resistance
  • Guaranteed 100% watertight for roofs sloped at 30 degrees or greater
  • Palmex patented installation systems provide the structure with great waterproof qualities
  • Requires very thick layering (high leaf volume) to attain water-tightness
  • Heavy roof structure
  • Negatively affected by humidity
Fire resistance
  • HDPE is naturally a low-flammable material
  • Certified “fire-retardant” models also available (FR)
  • Highly flammable and may cause fires
  • High risk of fire propagation
  • Costly insurance coverage and high risk of refusa
Fade resistance
  • Guaranteed fade resistant (under warranty)
  • Fast, progressive fading
  • Visible colour discrepancies after repairs
Protection from infestation
  • Material does not attract insects, rodents, birds, etc.
  • Susceptible to infestations and nesting
  • Layered installation method (allowing air pockets), makes for much cooler under-roof temperatures
  • Weak insulation capabilities means a high volume of leaves are required (very thick layering)
Added value
  • Undeniable return on investment
  • Adds value to the building structures
  • No added value
Insurance savings
  • Lower insurance costs
  • Palmex products are deemed entirely safe
  • High risk factor
  • Costly insurance or insurance refusal
Environmental factors
  • Eco-friendly
  • 100% recyclable
  • No toxic products required (cleaning, etc.)
  • Rain water harvesting possible
  • Damage to the natural environment (harvesting leaves)
  • Roof maintenance often leads to pollution via toxic products such as insecticides, pesticides, fire prevention sprays, etc.
  • Fast and easy. Instructions provided by Palmex
  • Minimal skills required
  • Requires skilled labourers
  • Longer, complicated and costly installation process
Transport and storability
  • Optimized transport and storage: high coverage, low shipping/ storage volume, thin leaves, compressed packaging.
  • Export:
    From Canada :
    20’ container = up to 3250 sqm 40’ container = up to 6500 sqm
    From Thaïland :
    20’ container = up to 2700 sqm 40’ container = up to 5500 sqm
  • To cover an equal surface per m2 or sq.ft, natural thatch roofing requires approximately 11 times the volume of Palmex products (transport and storage)
  • 1 container of Palmex leaves = 11 containers of natural leaves

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