Being equipped with the correct information on how to build a Tiki Bar is the most crucial aspect of building your own Tiki Bar. This can be a very rewarding and cost saving venture if approached in the right way. If you consider that well-constructed Tiki Bars may retail for over $5,000 whereas building your own Tiki Bar will only set you back about $700 it is well worth considering from a savings perspective. Your location will ultimately influence the final costs of the material needed to build your own Tiki Bar as the costs will vary according to the availability of the required materials in your area.
A well-presented Tiki Bar Guide is indispensable for those of you who are new to the idea of how to build a Tiki Bar. This guide should preferably be written by a professional builder and give detailed instructions in a step-by-step manner, aimed specifically at those that are not builders by trade. If the guide includes annotated photographs illustrating the various stages of how to build a Tiki Bar then all that you will require is the enthusiasm and sufficient working space and you’ll be on your way to owning your own signature Tiki Bar.
A good Tiki Bar guide will give you a detailed list of the materials and tools that you will require to complete your Tiki Bar. If you follow the plans supplied with the guide then you will be assured that you will purchase the correct quantities of the materials, therefore ensuring that there will be neither wastage nor shortage of materials during the building project.
A good roof to your Tiki Bar is essential if you are planning to use the bar outdoors. Its not very inviting to sit outside in the blistering sun and sip a cocktail and no other roofing gives the tropical effect quite like a thatched roof. If you are learning how to build a Tiki Bar part of the process will entail learning how to properly build a thatched roof as this is an essential task in building an authentic tiki bar.
The key to choosing what material to use for thatching is in choosing a natural product which will be waterproof when constructed properly, preventing rain, sleet, and snow from penetrating it. The roofing material is created by weaving the thatch product in a specific pattern making it durable and aesthetically pleasing. Due to the nature of thatch construction it provides excellent ventilation and good sound dampening, bringing a quiet and relaxing atmosphere to your Tiki Bar.
The benefits of palm leaf thatching are its relatively long life; they may last from 20 to 30 years, their ability to cool the interior of a structure in the hottest summer months, and their effectiveness in providing a rainproof roofing material. The thickness of the thatch, the number (spacing) of the individual leaf fronds, and the steepness of the roof pitch all combine to resist even the most intense downpours. However, of these factors the pitch or steepness of the roof is perhaps the most important, as the more quickly water is shed from the roof the less likely that it will penetrate, leak, and cause deterioration of the palm.
Thatched roofs are more cost effective than tiles or slate as the materials required to build the framework to support the roof for thatching are a lot cheaper. Another plus point for thatching is that should you experience problems with a section of your roof it can be replaced without having to re-do your entire roof.
Recommended materials for thatching are palm fronds from the Key Thatch Palm, Sable Palm or Cabbage Palm. The Key Thatch Palm (also known as silver thatch palm, brittle thatch palm, or peaberry palm) is native to North America and the fronds are a shimmering sliver/white underneath making them a very popular choice for thatch. The Cabbage Palm is South Carolina’s and Florida’s state tree and is considered one of the most common species of native trees in North America.
If you live in an area where palm trees are in abundance you should have no problem obtaining the 300 -400 palm leaves required to build a thatch roof for an 8 ft. by 4 ft. tiki bar and you could contact your local tree arborist for supply. Should you however not have access to palm leaves, you will need to find a contact source and have them shipped.
Whichever palm leaf you opt to use for your thatching it will prove to be well worth your while to compare the various options when deciding on how to build a Tiki Bar as the completed thatched roof will provide you with a peaceful, shady and tropical entertainment area.