A thatch roof

Thatch Roof
Today let me repost something by GDP contributor Arturo Godoy, now showing a beautiful image of a Thatch Roof at the hotel I was staying for my honeymoon.

Thatch roofs are very nice and in the hottest of days, they do help in providing a very refreshing shelter. The ancient Maya of Petén of the lowlands (Petén, Belize and Southern Mexico) used the Guano palm (Sabal morrisliana) a lot for roofs and possibly for other stuff. It is still used today by plenty of people.

But if you end up living in Petén and if you want your Guano thatch roof make sure that the person/entity you are buying it from has the proper harvest and transportation licenses. These kinds of licenses are only given by CONAP (Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas – National Council for Protected Areas)

And, just fyi, make sure that the people building the thatch roof do know how to build it properly, because there are specific angles to consider as well as some other details. Should you not hire the right people, then the roof can rot in less than a year! You really want such an investment to last as much as possible, right?

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