How Long Will an Outdoor Flag Last?

Experience has shown that this is an impossible question to answer accurately. No two flags receive identical wear…because weather conditions vary.

How many days will the wind be over 20 mph? How many days will the sun shine with no cloud cover? How many days will the temperature be over 100 degrees? How many ice storms will we have? Neither you nor we can control the weather, but by taking care of your flag, you can lengthen its life.

Your flag works hard. It flaps…it flutters…it whips…it snaps…it beats…it chafes…it bakes…it freezes…it furls…it unfurls…it hangs!

The major enemies of a flag are wind, water, sun, ice and carelessness…the single greatest cause of flag deterioration. Flags are made of cloth, either natural or man-made, and dirt and pollutants break down the fabric and the color of the flag. Flags International® better quality US Flags are treated with SolarMax to inhibit the effects of the sun and weather, but nothing is permanent.

Have your flag repaired at the first sign of fraying; don’t wait for it to be blown to shreds.

Our flags are manufactured to provide maximum service in return for reasonable care and prudent use.

What size flag do I need for my in-ground flagpole?

The rule of thumb is that the longest edge of the flag should equal 25-30% of the flagpole height. For example, a 20ft flagpole should fly a 3ft x 5ft flag or a 4ft x 6ft flag. One piece flagpoles can typically support the larger flag, but weaker sectional flagpoles are meant to fly smaller flags.