1. Why are flags made out of different materials?

Many people use flags for a variety of different purposes. Some flags are used for outdoor display, others for memorial purposes, and still others for indoor display. Depending on its use a flag can be made out of nylon, cotton, polycotton, polyester, or two-ply spun polyester. Common uses for these flags might be:

Nylon – Perma-Nyl is the most durable and serviceable option. Nylon retains color well, flies nicely in a light breeze, dries well, and is easily cleaned.

Cotton – Bestis a traditional, and too many the most beautiful, material. This fabric has a natural feel. However, like anything made of cotton, it is less durable and should be used for decorative or ceremonial purposes.

Polycotton blend or polyester – these materials are economical yet attractive. They are excellent for temporary use or where cost is an issue.

Two-ply spun polyester – Koralex II is a premium material that holds up well in windy or harsh conditions. Because it is spun, it has the feel of cotton, but its synthetic nature gives it the durability of nylon.

Remember to always treat a flag with common sense and respect. Never fold it when wet, regardless of material, and replace it whenever it reaches a condition not befitting the symbol of the country. A good rule is that if you wouldn’t wear it don’t fly it.

2. How do I clean my flag?

Synthetic material flags such as nylon or polyester can be machine washed with cold water and a mild detergent. These flags should be placed flat to dry. Natural fiber flags such as cotton and wool should be handled with greater care. Theflagmart suggests spot cleaning or dry-cleaning. Please contact your local dry cleaners for their recommendation. A majority of dry-cleaners will dry-clean a U.S. flag at no charge.

3. What is the proper way to display my U.S. flag?

Please see the Etiquette section of our website, under Flag Info, for a detailed description based on varying circumstances.

4. What is the proper way to dispose of my U.S. flag?

The U.S. Flag Code states that when a flag is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. Many Veteran and Civic Organizations will properly dispose of a flag at no cost.

5. What size flag can be flown from my in-ground pole?

See the table below:

Flagpole Flag Flagpole Flag
20’ 3’x5’, 4’x6’ 50’ 8’x12’-10’x15’
25’ 4’x6’, 5’x8’ 60’-65’ 10’x15’-10’x19’
30’ 5’x8’, 6’x10’ 70’-80’ 10’x19’-12’x18’
40’-45’ 6’x10’-8’x12’ 90’-100’ 20’x30’-30’x60’

The flag should be at least ¼ the height of the pole.

Recommended flag fabric for upright poles is nylon, or polyester for extremely windy locations.

6. What are some general flag care suggestions?

  • Fly Ends: Watch for the first signs of fraying. Flags can be trimmed and re-hemmed greatly prolonging the life of the flag.
  • Windy Days: High winds are extremely rough on flags. If at all possible, take down the flag when winds exceed 30 mph.
  • Rain or Snow: For best results, do not expose your flag to these elements. If exposed, after a heavy rain or snowstorm take down the flag and spread it out to dry. Do not fold or roll up a wet flag.
  • Air Pollution: To minimize the effects of dirt, air, smoke, car emissions, etc. keep the flag clean. Having two flags and interchanging them is highly recommended to prolong the life of a flag.

7. What size flagpole and bracket should I use to display my flag?

We recommend a 5 ft flagpole for a 2×3 ft or 2.5×4 ft flag, and a 6 ft pole for a 3×5 ft flag. Flags larger than 3×5 ft are generally too large for pole and bracket display. Use any 1 inch bracket that you prefer with any 1 inch pole, or a 3/4 inch bracket with a 3/4 inch pole.

8. Can I use a credit card to buy products online?

Yes, simply add your selections to the shopping cart and follow the simple checkout procedures.

9. Where are your flags made?

All of the United States Flags we carry have always been and will always be made in the United States of America of American made, top quality fabrics,
as are our historic, military, religious, and international flags.

10. How long will my outdoor flag last?

This question has no precise answer. Flag wear depends on many factors such as wind, rain, snow, pollution, sun exposure, etc. These conditions vary with altitude, location and height of flagpole, etc. The U.S. government requires flags last at least 6 weeks. Our United States flags meet or exceed these standards. We have customers whose flags last several months to as long as several years. You can extend the life of your flag by having several which are rotated. Wash your flag when it becomes soiled. Be sure it is thoroughly dry before storing. Check for fraying and rehem at the first sign of wear.