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Beginners Guide to Flag & Flagpole Buying

Beginners Guide to Flag & Flagpole Buying

Posted by Hayley Adams on Dec 23rd 2021

Eagle mountain flag and flagpole has over 25 years of experience helping our customers to choose the flag and flagpole that suits their needs. Choosing the right flagpole to suit is an important process and can be tricky if you’re a first time buyer. There can be several factors that need to be considered, so we put together a simple guide to ease the process.

1. Pole Height and Location

Your flagpole should adhere to any flagpole height restrictions that might be present in your neighborhood or city. Key factors to consider is the height of surrounding buildings or structures, proximity of nearby trees, or any wires from telephone poles or power lines.

Not sure how big to go? Start by taking a look at how tall the nearby structure is (maybe a home or business). That will give you an idea of what pole hights to look at from a design standpoint.

2. Pole Material

Flagpoles come in many different varieties and can be made of aluminum, steel, fiberglass, or wood. Depending on your needs, geographical location, and budget, any one of these options might suit you.

3. Halyard Type

An external halyard flagpole has a rope that runs up and down the outside of the flagpole. The rope ties off at a cleat and runs up to a pulley system at the top of the pole (known as truck). External halyard flagpole is less expensive than internal halyard flagpoles. Additional security accessories such as lockboxes can be purchased for the pole if you're concerned about the potential theft of your flag from your pole.

An internal halyard flagpole has the rope running through the inside of the pole. This provides a locking door to restrict access for raising and lowering your flag. These are generally more expensive than external halyard flagpoles but also provide additional security.

4. Flagpole Finishes

Flagpoles come in many different finishes. It is completely to your personal preference which style of flagpole you desire.

5. Flag Size

Based on height and strength characteristics, different poles are appropriate for different sizes of flags. Before you purchase make sure the two are compatible. A good rule of thumb is, the taller the flagpole, the larger the flag needs to be. There’s an easy math equation that helps with above-ground height. Take the above-ground height and multiply it by 20 percent. You’ll come to an answer determining the size of the width of the flag

6. Wind and Weather Condition

When selecting a flagpole, it is important to consider the maximum wind speeds based on your location. Wind and weather will help determine the type of flagpole as well as the flag material you should invest in.

Generally speaking, a flag’s lifespan is pretty hard to predict. There are many factors including flag quality, wind, weather, and sunlight. But there are several things you can do to help expand your flag's lifespan. Take a look at this helpful guide for some tips and tricks!


We hope this guide makes this process a little easier for everyone. Should you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to our staff and we’ll be happy to help.