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Palapas - Who specializes in constuction in the Chapala area?

Post by Cincy on Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:48 pm

I've seen some spectacular palapas with thatched conical roofs around the Chapala Lakeside area, but who constructs them?  I might be interested in something with 6 poles and 5m. (16 ft.) diameter.  Also interested to know about maintenance, roof replacement, etc.

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Post by cypress on Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:45 am

They are expensive to build and maintain. If someone is mad at you all it takes is one match to destroy it. Creatures live in them and drop their poop.

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Post by brigitte on Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:56 am

If you sray them it is not a problem. They are the best place to be when it is hot as they stay cool . Yes there is maintenance involved and it is not cheap-- I have to redo the top of mine every 3 years or so because I have a very large tree that drops leaves and seeds on it. The structure is ok but I have to redo the pal, part.

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Post by kiko on Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:14 am

333 667 5038 Bernardo Guidino from Ixtlahaucan de los Membrillos. Not all palapa builders at lakeside use the correct palms so some need more maintenance or replacement sooner. Go cheap and pay twice.

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Post by slainte39 on Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:43 am

The  best builders and materials are down by the coast but it costs a little more to get one to take a job in this area, especially small jobs.
Any contractor/builder in Manzanillo or PV can recommend good palapa specialists.

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Post by Trailrunner on Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:01 am

I agree, the best palapa builders are at the beach and have access to the right materials.

Or, drive around and look at ones you like then talk to the owners for references.

And keep the bomberos on speed dial.
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Post by CHILLIN on Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:35 pm

Public access palapas must be sprayed with a fire retardant. Probably potassium silicate. This is probabaly what Brigitte was referring to. The only really dangerous creature that likes palapas is the "assasin" or "kissing" beetle - but they only come at night, when you are asleep. If you are sleeping under a palapa, make sure you have a mosquito net to prevent these bugs.

Trivia: it is now a popular theory that Charles Darwin died from Chigas disease, caused by an assasin beetle. Millions of people, mostly poor, have this disease in Mexico and throughout Latin America.
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Post by Jreboll on Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:53 pm

Chagas disease

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Post by brigitte on Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:19 pm

We do not treat with fire retardant but we do treat for bugs. One of the globos missed ours by a couple of feet..It would have made a nice bonfire..

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Post by Trailrunner on Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:39 pm

Scorpions love 'em.
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Post by kiko on Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:51 pm

The guy I recommended above is from Colima. His family brings the palms and the posts from there. Mine is 4 years old and I have never treated any of the palms. No problems yet but I will give him a call to come out and advise me. I remember he told me something about treating it every few years, but I just forgot to do it.
He speaks a bit of English if that helps, we did the deal in Spanish and all went well.

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Post by windrider17 on Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:13 pm

The eventos in Riberas, Tahawi, on the lake down from Mom's has some very nice ones. The workers were from somewhere near the coast. They used the vine wrapped palm trunks for posts.

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Post by kiko on Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:06 pm

windrider17 wrote:The eventos in Riberas, Tahawi, on the lake down from Mom's has some very nice ones. The workers were from somewhere near the coast. They used the vine wrapped palm trunks for posts.

Same here, the vine wrapped palm trunks are muy cool. I would post a foto but I am in Trumpland at the moment.

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Post by slainte39 on Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:51 pm

The palm thatch has about an 8 to 10 year life no matter what you do.

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