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Exotic Palapa umbrellas create a breezy island atmosphere around the patio or by the poolside.

Enjoy the shade under one of these palapa umbrellasIf you want to turn your patio, garden or pool deck into a laid-back, tropical island paradise, setting up a couple of palapa umbrellas is the perfect way to start.

Palapa umbrella covers are made from natural thatch material, supported by a wooden post.

Your palapa patio umbrella may be freestanding, or supported in the center of a table. Unlike some other types of outdoor shade umbrella, a palapa cover is a fixed, permanent structure.

Palapa thatch covers can also be used with other outdoor shade structures, like tiki bars and tiki huts. Just follow the links from this site for more information on amazing palapa patio umbrellas and how to order them.

Choosing a quality palapa patio umbrella.

Palapa covers are made from natural thatching materials, usually coated with a varnish or polyurethane material to protect them from rotting, and to make them water resistant.

The palapa thatching material will last around three to five years, depending on the climate, after which you can replace the palapa covers. The umbrella support pole will normally need to be re-varnished every year to keep it looking good and protect it from weathering.

Look for a palapa patio umbrella which can withstand high winds, and which will allow air to circulate through, to keep you cool and comfortable on breezy summer days.

Because palapa covers are made from light, dry wood, they can be highly flammable. Never set up a palapa patio umbrella anywhere near an open flame, and always have a fire extinguisher on hand. Some palapa products are treated make them fire retardant to a degree, which reduces the risk.

If you are interested in other tropical decor ideas, check out this article on tiki huts and tiki bars



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