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Flags

When you buy a flag, whether it is an American, international, military, sports, or any other of the wide variety of flags available, there are several matters to consider.

The flag's material and construction depends on where you will be flying the flag. Although flags made for outdoors can be used indoors, the opposite is not always true. Indoor flags can be lightweight, made of cotton or a cotton blend, and the design printed on since you donít have to be concerned about the effects of weather and wind on the flag. Flags flown outdoors should be fade-resistant, the edges stitched to prevent tatters, and preferably sewn together instead of printed for greater durability. Flags made of nylon are the most popular for outdoor use, since they are durable and light enough to fly in light winds that would leave heavier flags limp. If the flag is being flown in areas of strong wind, a heavier polyester flag, though more expensive, lasts longer.

The size of the flag depends upon the length of the pole it is flying from. In general, the longer (higher) the flagpole, the larger the flag may be. A flag that is too small might look odd, but a flag that is too large could damage to the flagpole because of the force it might transfer to the pole in a high wind. Flag sellers and flagpole manufacturers have guidelines to help you select the correct size of flag.

If you wish, there are flagpole flagpole finials (balls and/or eagles) that can placed at the top of the pole for a more attractive appearance. And if your flag is being flown outside and you are concerned about the wind wrapping the flag around the pole, there are devices that can be added to the flagpole to prevent this.

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