Whether it is a private residence, business, school, or other establishment, flying a flag is often a symbol of patriotism and pride in one’s country. However, whether you want to fly the U.S. flag or another type of flag, much of your success will depend on selecting a flagpole that is the correct size for your needs. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people know very little about selecting flagpoles. Because of this, they are often disappointed with the end result once their flag is waving in the wind. To make sure you are not among this group, here are four critical step you should always take when determining the flagpole that will be the correct size for your surroundings and the flag for which it will be home.
Location and Wind Speed
When determining what size flagpole you should get, your first step should be taking your location and average wind speed into consideration. For example, mountains and coastal locations often need flagpoles that can sustain high wind gusts. For these areas, fiberglass flagpoles that are made to withstand strong wind gusts are your best bet. In fact, even if you purchase a fiberglass flagpole that is 80 feet tall, it will be made to withstand wind gusts of up to 120 miles per hour.
Once you have taken your geographical location and average wind speed into consideration, the next step is to closely examine your installation site for the flagpole. For example, if you live in a town or city and are wanting to put up a flagpole at your home, there are numerous factors to consider. These can include any local ordinances that may limit the size of the flagpole you are allowed to install, how the installation may impact the views your neighbors have from their homes, and whether or not your flagpole will be close to power lines or other structures or equipment that could pose a safety hazard. Once you have checked out the various zoning ordinances that may be in place, any restrictions from a homeowners association, and any possible safety hazards, you will be ready to install your flagpole.
Function of Your Flagpole
Strange as it may sound, the function you want your flagpole to serve will play a crucial role in determining what size flagpole you get for your establishment. As an example, businesses such as car dealerships, colleges and universities, or professional sports teams often want their flags to be easily seen and make a statement in the process. Because of this, these flagpoles are usually very tall, ranging in size from 50-100 feet tall, enabling them to fly a flag as large as 20 ft. x 30 ft. or even a bit larger. However, for homes, smaller businesses, and local public schools, smaller flagpoles often work best. In most cases, these flagpoles do not exceed a height of more than 50 feet. In doing so, they are able to integrate better into the existing environment, and can fly a flag as big as 10 ft. x 15 ft. or slightly bigger.
Line of Sight
The final step in the process of selecting the correct flagpole size for your needs, line of sight is very important. Thus, before you ever purchase a flagpole and have it erected, give careful thought as to how you want others to view the flagpole and the flag atop it. As a logical step in the process, try to go to a location a fair distance away from where the flagpole will be, all the while envisioning how you believe others will be able to see the flag once it is flying high. If you have any doubts that you will be satisfied with the results, consider moving the flagpole to a different location. After all, better to do so than erect the flagpole in your original location, only to discover later the line of sight is impeded.
By keeping these tips in mind during the process, chances are you will be able to select a flagpole that is just the right size for your needs and expectations. In doing so, you will find yourself very proud to be flying whatever flag you select.