|A free-standing flagpole can be the centerpiece
to your back garden or a proud statement
of patriotism in your front yard. Here are
some things you should consider before purchasing
- Location and height: Residential flagpoles are typically 15’
to 35’ high while commercial ones go much
higher. In general, the closer the pole is
to a home, the higher the pole should be
so that the flags will be free to fly. If the pole is too
close, consider using a wall-mounted flagpole
that extends over your house or hangs from
the wall at an angle.
- Material: Flagpoles are made from various materials.
Aluminum, the most popular choice, has high
strength, low weight, and low cost but can
discolor and pit, especially in salt-water
areas. It also conducts electricity and care
must be used around electrical equipment
and during lighting storms. Another popular
choice is fiberglass, which is also strong
and lightweight, requires little maintenance
and usually comes in white, although colors
can be custom ordered. Large and commercial
flagpoles also come in bronze, carbon steel,
and stainless steel, and are more expensive.
- External or internal halyard system: A halyard system, consisting of pulleys
and ropes or cables, is used to raise and
lower the flag. External systems have the
ropes/cables are on the outside of the pole.
Internal systems are inside the pole and
use a special handle to raise and lower the
flag. Internal systems are more expensive
but less prone to damage from weather or
- Custom options: Various finishes and custom ornament items
are available that let you design the appearance
of the flagpole to blend with your home or
building and to give the flagpole a personalized
touch. Check with the flagpole seller to
see what options they offer.
Before you purchase your flagpole, check
the local building codes for any restrictions
and/or requirements for a flagpole.