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12x18 FT and smaller flags have embroidered white stars.
15x25 FT and larger flags have appliqued white nylon stars.
Grommets are solid brass. 12x18 Inch flags have #1 grommets. 16x24 Inch and larger flags have #2 grommets.
8x12 FT flags and larger include plated steel rope thimbles. Thimbles are attached to white rope using a triple crimped rope sleeve. The rope is sewn into the header to stabilze its position and prevent bunching.
This guide applies primarily to inground flagpoles 20' and taller.
The size of the flagpole is what usually determines the correct size flag you should fly. Flag manufacturers recommend that the length of the flag should be at least one-forth the height of the flagpole.
Examples: A 20' flagpole should have at least a 3x5' flag (20' flagpole divided by 4 equals 5 or a 3x5' flag). A 40' flagpole should have at least a 6x10' flag (40' flagpole divided by 4 equals 10 or a 6x10' flag).
Most residential flags are 3x5' or 4x6'. Most small commercials buildings will use a 5x8' or 6x10' flag. Larger buildings may require an 8x12' flag or larger.
You may always fly a larger flag than what is recommended. However, be aware that "over flagging" a flagpole may cause damage to the flagpole or break the halyard (rope) during high winds. If you wish to fly an extra large flag we recommend that you fly a Nylon flag since it weighs less than a Polyester flag, especially when wet. But flying a Nylon flag is still no guarantee that your flagpole will not be damaged during high winds.
Suggested Flag Size Examples:
The flags we sell are manufactured using the highest quality U.S. made materials available. They give exceptional service in exchange for reasonable care. Wind, water, sun, dirt and neglect are the major enemies of a flag. No one can control the weather but you can take some important steps to extend the life of your flag.
This is a difficult question with no exact answer. One extremely winding day can damage a brand new flag made from the best flag material.
My experiences have found that a good quality outdoor flag, when properly displayed and maintained, will last 6 months to a year and possible longer. But I have seen flags that are not cared for worn out less than 30 days.
Winter months are much harder on flags then summer months. And larger flags tend to wear out faster.
Nylon and polyester flags are best for outdoor use with polyester being best for high-wind areas. In my option cotton flags should only be used for parade use or for indoor use when they are displayed out of direct sunlight. Cotton flags tend to fade very quickly from sunlight, in some cases in as little as 30 days.
If your flagpole is light-weight in design, such as a telescoping or sectional aluminum residential flagpole, I suggest flying a nylon flag. They weigh less then a polyester flag and will put less stress on your flagpole in high winds.
When your flag shows the first sign of wear have it repaired as soon as possible. We will cut-off a frayed fly hem and re-hem it at no-charge. The flag will become shorter in length so the sooner you have it re-hemmed the less will need to be cut off.
When your flag is ready for retirement PLEASE DO NOT PLACE YOUR FLAG IN THE TRASH. We collect US flags for a proper retirement. The boy scouts are kind enough to pick them up regularly from us and give them a proper retirement.
The following is a copy of the flag care insert that a major flag manufacturer includes with their larger flags.
One of the most often asked questions about flags is "How long will an outdoor flag last"?
To help you understand this question, please consider the following facts. Weather, airborne contaminations and treatment of a flag, all play a major role in preservations or demise. Major enemies of all flags are wind, water, and sun; however, the single greatest cause of flag deterioration is CARELESSNESS. We cannot control the weather, but we can take care of the flag and the length of its life. When a snow, ice, sleet, freeing rain or high wind storm approaches, it is essential to take the flag down BEFORE the storm. Do not raise the flag until the storm has passed. Premature wear and tear of your flag could happen if the flag is left up during the storm including ripping and tearing.
Our flag are manufactured to give maximum service in return for reasonable care and sensible use. No two flags receive identical wear. Weather conditions vary and so does the life of each flag.
The best way we know how to stretch your flag dollar is to follow the above advice. You can also occasionally wash the flag in warm mild-detergent water, and let the flag air dry thoroughly before storing. Always have a flag repaired at the first sign of fraying and have back-up flags, rotating them often.