Flags for Patriots, also known as World of Flags USA has been providing flags for homes, states, municipalities, and supporters of the military and other organizations, groups and causes for over 40 years.
We pride ourselves on delivering top quality, Made-In-America products for those looking to display their colors proudly. We offer all categories of flags: USA, State Flags, Other Nations, Banners, Buntings, Poles and Accessories that are of the finest craftsmanship and in a variety of materials.
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There are many things to consider when purchasing a flag and flagpole for outdoor use. The material choice for a flag is based on how often you are going to fly and the typical weather you experience, especially for everyday flag display.
To determine your flag size, choose a flag length that is between 1/4 and 1/3 the height of your flagpole, especially for in-ground poles. Residential house-mounted flag poles are typically 5’ or 6’ and are best suited for a 2 1/2 ‘ x 4′ banner or 3′ x 5’ flag. A flag has metal rings called grommets on the heading, which are used to attach the flag to the pole. A banner has a pole sleeve and the pole slides through the sleeve and has a tab inside the sleeve that clips to the pole.
A two-way mounting bracket will allow you to fly your flag or banner on a 45-degree angle (typical for flags) or 90-degree angle (typical for banners), simply a matter of personal preference.
Height of Flagpole
Flag Size Recommendation
5′ to 6′ Residential Pole
2 1/2′ x 4′ banner or 3′ x 5′ flag
3′ x 5′ to 4′ x 6′
3′ x 5′ to 5′ x 8′
3′ x 5′ to 5′ x 8′
4′ x 6′ to 6′ x 10′
4′ x 6′ to 6′ x 10′
5′ x 8′ to 8′ x 12′
Choosing the right pole depends on the function, features and desired appearance to meet your needs. There are many other variables to be considered for your selection of a residential grade vs commercial grade flagpole, which also include your climate (high wind areas) and your budget. In-ground flagpoles are made of Aluminum (shiny or matte) or Fiberglass (white) and are manufactured in a variety of wall thicknesses designed to withstand a range of wind speeds. The finish is a critical consideration for the pole dependent on location, especially if located in areas near the ocean salt air, acidic rain, desert heat and changing mountain climates.
The installation site and municipality regulations for residential and commercial use will determine the height of the flagpole. Your ability to manage the care of the flag and the flagpole will determine the type of pole and the need for external or internal halyards, cranks, cleats, etc. For additional information regarding correct flag size for flagpoles, visit our Flag Material & Sizes above.
Flag Care & Repair
Here are a few simple suggestions to help you enjoy your new flag longer:
Only flags made specifically for exterior use should be displayed outdoors.
For the best results, do not expose your flag to rain, snow or abnormally high winds; these forces of nature can shorten its life considerably. Should the flag become wet, it should be spread out and allowed to dry completely. Do not fold or roll-up a wet or damp flag.
To keep its rich colors looking bright, clean your flag regularly, before soiling and discoloration from dirt, smoke, dust and other airborne contaminants “set” in the fabric. Outdoor flags can be hand-washed with cold water and a mild soap, then thoroughly rinsed and spread out to dry. Do not let the flag stand in the wash water or you might experience some color bleed onto the white stripes. Professional dry cleaning is recommended for indoor/parade flags. Incidentally, many establishments will clean Old Glory free of charge, especially during the period just prior to Flag Day, June 14.
Do not place the flag where the wind will whip it against rough surfaces, tree branches, wires, cables, etc. The smallest tear can soon result in a tattered flag. Keep pole surfaces free of heavy dirt, rust, scale and corrosion that could damage your flag.
Inspect your flag regularly for signs of wear. In particular, look for “normal wear” fabric or thread breaks which may occur in the “fly” end. This is the end farthest from the staff. Trimming off and re-hemming torn or frayed ends will help extend the life of your flag.
How long will a flag last?
There is no exact answer. The U.S. Government generally expects a nylon or cotton bunting flag to last approximately 90 days, based on daily usage from sunrise to sunset – but not during periods of inclement weather. Tests have shown that in some cases a flag flown 24 hours a day will last only one-fourth as long as one flown during the daylight hours only.
Regardless of how well it is constructed, a flag is, after all, only a piece of cloth and will sooner or later succumb to the elements. However, it has been well documented that reasonably good care can contribute greatly to longer life.
Note to Large Flag Users (12 x 18 ft. and up)
Larger flags naturally represent a more significant investment and as such, should be given maximum protection. Pay special attention to paragraph #5 and keep your flag in good repair. Consider having two flags and rotating them on a regular basis. Tests have shown that flag fibers benefit from periodic “rest”. Buying two flags will enable you to alternate your flags for timely cleaning and repair.
We appreciate your having chosen to visit our site and store – one of the most comprehensive collections of flags, banners, poles and flag accessories available online. To say thank you, we would like to provide you with a coupon to use on your first purchase…
World of Flags USA
190 Ammo Industrial Park
Bangor, Maine 04401 Tel: 207.262.8275
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