Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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How Long Will an Outdoor Flag Last?

Experience has proven that this is an impossible question to answer, at least accurately. It is like predicting the weather, airborne contamination, and the treatment people will give a flag.

The major enemies of a flag are wind, water, sun and carelessness…the single greatest cause of flag deterioration. Neither you nor we can control the weather, but you can take care of your flag and lengthen its life. Occasionally washing in warm mild-detergent water will prevent dirt and pollutants from attacking the fabric. To prevent mildew, let your flag dry thoroughly before storing it.

Have your flag repaired at the first sign of fraying, don’t wait for it to be blown to shreds. Continuous day and night display will shorten a flag’s life. If your flag is not illuminated at night, you should consider taking it down to appreciably lengthen its life.

Our flags are manufactured to give maximum service in return for reasonable care and prudent use. Remember, no two flags receive identical wear.

Because weather conditions vary, flying conditions vary and consequently, the life of each flag is different.

Your flag works hard. It shakes…it trembles…it drapes…it whips…it snaps…it chafes…it bakes…it freezes…it ripples…it flutters….it quivers…it furls…it hangs! Is it any wonder that it needs to be replaced two or three times a year?

The best way we know to stretch your ‘flag dollar’ is to have two flags: one flying, and one in reserve for replacement. Flags can easily be repaired if they are not left on the pole too long after they begin to show wear. Rotating flags is one of the basic programs we impliment with our commercial accounts to stretch their ROI.


Flag Reinforcement

Many different techniques have been tried to reinforce flags to make them fly longer on the pole. This includes additional stitching on the fly hem, corner reinforcement panels and various attempts to make the flags stonger.

After several years of testing, we have developed a method of adding reinforcement to flags without adding additional weight. We originally tried corner panels, with various attempts to strengthen the flag with either stitching or additional panels. But we discovered that this made the flag whip and snap and eventually tore the flag apart at the corner panel that was designed to strengthen the flag.

What we ended up with was a series of vertical zig-zag stitching that increased the size of the hem to almost 6 inches, but didn't add appreciable weight to the flag. This has proven to be one of the best processes we have tried and it extends the life of the flag by about 50%.

Flags will still show minor wear, but the vertical stitching and reinforced corners that we add will prolong the fly time by reducing the splitting and tearing of the hem of the flag.This will yield a better looking flag on the pole for a longer period of time.