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How to use artificial thatch rolls outdoors

Updated July 20, 2017

Your home is a place of rest and recreation. When you have an outdoor area for recreation and barbecuing, you can create a decor that makes you feel you are on a tropical island. Thatch is a great item to use. You can use artificial thatch to give a long life to your outdoor creations. According to Sun Coast Tiki Huts website, synthetic thatch is made from PVC compound and will last 15 to 20 years. You can put it on roofs of outdoor kitchens and on outdoor umbrellas to create the look you want. This synthetic thatch makes a lasting tiki hut bar to have by your pool. The process of covering a tiki hut with this thatch is simple.

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  1. Brush the waterproof glue onto the top of the plywood roof over your tiki bar.

  2. Lay the felt material on top of the glue, completely covering the roof of your small tiki hut bar.

  3. Lay sheets of synthetic thatch on top of the felt, one layer at a time, so the first layer hangs over the edges all the way around. Staple these sheets onto the plywood along the plastic line holding the thatch sheet together. Then move up one layer, overlapping the first. Staple the second row in place. Continue to the peak. There is no wrong way to create the peak. Just overlap the sections and cut some pieces off of another sheet to create a finished top edge. Staple those pieces in place.

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Things You'll Need

  • Synthetic thatch rolls
  • Synthetic thatch sheets
  • Staple gun
  • 1-inch staples
  • Small paintbrush
  • Waterproof glue
  • Felt material
  • Scissors

About the Author

Anita Billings has been writing since April 2009. Hundreds of her articles appear on eHow, with expertise in piano, decor, landscaping, crafting and travel. Billings received a diploma in business merchandising from King's College in 1974.

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