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SELECTING A FLAG & FLAGPOLE

Flag Size

The 3' x 5' is by far the most common sized flag displayed on the wall of a residence, generally on a 6' pole. Some people prefer the smaller 2-1/2' x 4' or 2' x 3' sizes.

For an in-ground flagpole, the longest dimension of the flag should be between 1/4 and 1/3 the height of the flagpole. The table shows sizes of flags usually flown on flagpoles of various heights.

An easy way to determine the height of your existing flagpole is to compare the length of  the shadow of the flagpole (measured in feet) to the length of the shadow of a 36" yardstick standing on end (measured in inches). The flagpole height is calculated by multiplying the length of the flagpole shadow by 36 and dividing the total by the length of the yardstick shadow. Example: If the flagpole shadow is10 feet and the yardstick shadow is 12 inches, the flagpole is 30 feet high.      ( 10' x 36" ) / 12" = 30'

Height of               Recommended
 Flagpole                  Flag Sizes

     15’                   3’ x 5’
     20’                   3’ x 5’, 4’ x 6’
     25’                   4’ x 6’, 5’ x 8’
     30’                   5’ x 8’, 6’ x 10’
     40’                   6’ x 10’, 8’ x 12’
     50’                   8’ x 12’, 10’ x 15’, 10’ x 19’
   

Height of               Recommended
 Flagpole                  Flag Sizes

     60’                   10’ x 15’, 10’ x 19’, 12’ x 18’
     70’                   12’ x 18’, 15’ x 25’
     80’                   12’ x 18’, 15’ x 25’
     90’                   15’ x 25’, 20’ x 30’ 
   100’                   15’ x 25’, 20’ x 30’, 20’ x 38’ 
   120’                   20’ x 30’, 20’ x 38’, 30’ x 50’
   150’                   20’ x 38’, 30’ x 50’, 30’ x 60’

Flag Fabrics

Nylon is the most popular flag fabric. It is a densely woven lightweight fabric that flies well in the slightest breeze and dries quickly after rain. Most of the flags on this website are made from 200-denier SolarMax (tm) nylon that is stabilized against the harmful UV radiation in sunlight.

Polyester may be preferable for high-wind situations, particularly for larger flags. It is a heavier fabric with a more open weave that withstands high winds better. However, it takes more wind to fly, becomes very heavy when wet and takes longer to dry. The polyester flags on this website are made from heavy 2-ply spun woven polyester that should not be confused with the very thin polyester fabric with poor weatherability used in most inexpensive imported flags.

Cotton is the least durable and least colorfast of the common flag fabrics. We recommend it for indoor, ceremonial or ocassional use rather than continuous outdoor use.

Flagpole Height

There is no formula for determining the "right" size flagpole for a given situation. Ultimately, the choice is a subjective one that is influenced by the height of nearby buildings / trees / signs, distance from the building and/or viewer, size of flag desired, whether it is intended to complement its surroundings or be itself the center of attention, and many other factors.

We can help you visualize what the flagpole might actually look like. Just e-mail us a photo of your property and we will digitally add a flag and flagpole of whatever size(s) you are considering and e-mail it back to you. Some sample photos are shown below. Important: In order for us to properly scale the flagpole in the photo, we need to know the size of something in the photo that is at the same distance from the camera as the location of the proposed flagpole. An easy way to do this is to take the photo with a person standing on the spot where you want the flagpole.    Send photo to TheFlagFactory@aol.com

Photo supplied by customer

Flagpole Type

External Halyard Flagpole: This is the traditional type of flagpole, with a rope on the outside of the pole that is looped over a pulley at the top of the pole. After raising the flag, the rope is secured by wrapping it around a cleat located a few feet off the ground.

Internal Halyard Flagpole: A rope or cable inside the pole extends from a pulley in the truck at the top of the pole. The top of the flag is attached to the end of the rope and the bottom of the flag is attached to a retaining ring and weight that keeps it against the pole. The flag is raised / lowered with a removable hand crank or by accessing the rope through a locking door located a few feet off the ground.  Internal halyard flagpoles are often used where security is an issue, as there is no rope near the ground that can be tampered with or cut.

Telescoping Flagpole: This type of flagpole has no rope. The flag is raised by extending sections of the pole itself. The flag is attached near the top of the uppermost section with swivel clips. Telescoping flagpoles are popular for residences and often are used for tailgating or camping. 

Sectional Flagpole: This type of external halyard pole is popular for residences. It consists of a number of sections that simply slide together, one on top of the other. It is inexpensive and easy to install

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