Having a flag mounted in a residential or commercial building is a common symbol of patriotism and pride. Flags are available in a variety of sizes and materials to suit different needs. They can also be installed on the ground or on a wall using a flag wall mount.
Factors that will determine which flag is best for your building or home include:
Flagpoles are exposed to the weather and elements so choosing the right material will determine how durable your flagpole is. Whether you are mounting your flagpole on the ground or on a wall using a flag wall mount, it is important to consider the best flagpole material for your location and environment.
Commonly used flagpole materials include:
- Satin aluminum: Rust-resistant, low-maintenance and durable.
- Anodized aluminum: Rust and corrosion resistant, fade resistant and protect the pole from oxidation.
- Fiberglass: Lightweight, non-conductive material and resistant to sun, moisture, and corrosion.
- Stainless steel: Sturdy and withstand heavy fixtures, brackets, and accessories.
Flagpoles can be made using plastic (PVC), fiberglass, aluminum, or stainless steel. Poles made from stainless steel will typically be sturdier and thus a better fit for areas prone to harsh weather. However, steel poles can be high maintenance since they may rust over time. Powder-coated aluminum poles fair better against rust making them more durable.
When choosing the right flagpole material it is important to consider whether the pole will be free-standing or wall mounted. Free-standing flagpoles are more susceptible to damage compared to flag poles mounted on a wall, so they require sturdier materials and construction to ensure durability.
The ideal flagpole size will depend on where the flag will be mounted. For instance, a 25ft flagpole is recommended for buildings that are two stories or higher. Flag poles for residential areas are typically 20ft though this may vary depending on where the flag will be mounted.
The size of the flag to be mounted on the flag pole will also be a useful determinant when choosing the appropriate size of the flagpole. It is generally recommended that the width of the flag should be approximately 20% of the height of the pole. For example, a 25ft flagpole would be suitable to fly a 4×6 or 5×7 foot flag.
When choosing the size of the flagpole, it is important to keep in mind how the pole will impact power lines, roof overhangs, and other structures. Keep in mind that building codes and residential association rules may also have guidelines on the size and type of flagpole that can be installed.
Choose between telescoping vs. traditional
Telescoping flagpoles are retractable and can be resized. This makes them easier to move from one location to another. Traditional flagpoles are not as mobile and are thus better suited for areas where they will not need to be retracted or moved frequently.
A telescoping flagpole can be stored away during harsh weather conditions, so it is easy to avoid constant wear and tear. However traditional flagpoles tend to be sturdier so the best option will depend on where it will be mounted.