Traditional Chickees: Safari uses only freshly harvested Sable or Cabbage Palm fronds. these are natural, renewable, eco-friendly resources where harvesting promotes growth. Unlike Safari’s other thatching systems, traditional chickees required trained installers, and as a result, this option is only available for our south Florida customers. As a part of this building system, Safari uses superior Eucalyptus poles rather than traditional cypress. Not only does eucalyptus have far better structural properties, but Eucalyptus is one of the fastest growing, plantation grown, structural timbers there is, whereas the soft, rot-prone cypress poles traditionally used, destroys everglades habitat when harvested. Our palm thatch roofs are 100% waterproof without the need of a subroof system, although for certain applications, a subroof can still be necessary. Safari’s spray-on fire retardants work really well with palm thatch, so even if you haven’t purchased your chickee from us, you can still use our fire retardant.
This product can be used for both commercial and residential purposes. View some portfolio examples below for ideas for your next big project!