People mount flags in residential and commercial areas to represent pride in their country or favorite sports team, or to express certain beliefs. Some flag providers offer installation services but even without professional help; it is possible to install a flag at home using flagpole brackets or mounts.
A house flag holder helps to optimize how a flag is displayed for maximum effect. Flagpole brackets are used to ensure that the flagpole is sufficiently supported. The brackets keep the pole secured in place even in harsh weather conditions to ensure that the flag stays in place.
For both free standing flagpoles and those mounted on a railing or wall using a house flag holder, the following tips will help to ensure successful installation.
Pick the right halyard rope type
The flagpole’s halyard rope is the rope to which the flag is attached. The rope can be either external or internal and the right type will depend on where the flagpole is being mounted.
An internal halyard is recommended for high-traffic commercial areas since they offer added security. However, they tend to cost more than the external halyard rope type. An internal halyard is contained within the flagpole and is therefore more durable since it’s protected from the weather and harsh elements.
An external halyard runs up a pulley system at the top of the flagpole. Since it is more exposed to the elements, this type of rope will not be as durable as an internal halyard. However, for residential areas or low traffic areas, an external halyard can suffice.
Look for a tangle-free flagpole
Poles that have a tangle-free clip system ensure that your flag can move freely from the pole without getting all wrapped up. A tangle-free flagpole also ensures durability by preventing tears and wear that can result from tangles. An anti-wrap feature will also ensures that the flag moves freely for maximum effect.
Check for a high quality finish
The finish of the flagpole is an important feature to consider since it determines the appearance and longevity of the pole. Aluminum flagpoles with satin finish are a good option for durability since they remain pristine for years and are resistant to rust and scratches.
Anodized aluminum is also a good option since it has an extra coating that is resistant to rust and chipping.
Get the right flagpole bracket
Flagpole brackets come with options for multiple angles. The type of bracket used will determine the number of flagpole positions that can be used. For flags that will be mounted under unavoidable obstructions, a five-position flagpole bracket will provide more flexibility since the flagpole position can be adjusted in multiple directions. For areas with no obstructions, two-position brackets can be used since they allow for the flag to be flown either at full or half-staff.
Common mistakes to avoid when installing a flagpole
- Avoid mounting flagpoles near power lines or landscaping features since the pole can cause damage when it shifts or falls.
If in high wind locations, it is recommended to install a one piece flagpole as opposed to a telescopic pole since they are more susceptible to damage.