5 Factors to Consider when Buying a Flagpole

Posted by Alexis C. on Feb 21, 2022

1. FLAGPOLE HEIGHT

Residential buildings are usually 10 feet per story. Commercial stories are a little higher, averaging about 12 feet. When selecting a flag pole, you should aim for the pole height to be at least slightly higher than the building itself. If you have a two-story home, you'd probably want a 25' flagpole. A 25' or 30' pole will be a great start if you have a two-story office building - with our 30' flagpole being the most popular choice. Make sure to factor in the size of your roof as well.

Remember, most flagpoles are permanent structures. After you pour the cement, you won't want to upgrade any time soon, so choose carefully! If you need help selecting, give us a call, and a flagpole expert can lead you in the right direction and get you a shipping quote.

2. FLAGPOLE LOCATION

Each property and location is unique to the customer, making flagpole placement different for everyone. However, there are recommendations to follow to help with the decision-making process.

  • Choosing a safe site: Make sure there are no buried structures or utilities and no overhanging wires. Site safety will most likely be looked into when acquiring a permit. You can also look at your land survey. Don't forget to call 811. A representative from your state will help ensure that the spot is safe.
  • Let it stand out: Ensure there is nothing around it, including trees, plants, bushes, shrubs, or anything that can steal away from its spotlight or cause physical damage.
  • Prepare the site: You want soil as firm and well-drained as possible. The foundation is less likely to shift if you avoid loose soil.
  • Ask a professional: You can always contact your construction professional to answer your questions. Google is a good source to find a licensed professional near you.

3. LEGALITY

Getting a Permit: Check with your municipality and county to determine if a permit is required for your flagpole. If you have an HOA, you will also need to check with them to see if they have any regulations. 

Check Regulations: Although some states or counties might not require you to get a permit, they may require you to follow specific rules and regulations - such as height limitations and requirements.

Call 811: 811 is the national call-before-you-dig phone number and is a free service provided by your state. A representative will ask you simple questions about the location and details of your digging project. Please note that this process can take up to 2 weeks.

Hire a Trustworthy Contractor: A licensed contractor should be able to help you with all the steps you need to install your flagpole. They should also know about your local laws and regulations.

4. FLAGPOLE FINISH

Standard flagpoles come with a matte satin aluminum finish. However, if you live near saltwater and ocean air, you might want to consider choosing an anodized finish.

Clear anodization is an electrochemical process that converts the satin-finished aluminum flagpole to make it more durable when exposed to elements like saltwater and ocean air. Clear anodized poles are also available in their natural silver, dark bronze, or black color.

If you’re looking for a white pole, you might be interested in our fiberglass option. Fiberglass flagpoles are exactly as they sound - they are flagpoles made out of fiberglass.

5. FLAGPOLE STYLE

  • External halyard flagpoles - An external halyard flagpole system places the rope on the outside of the flagpole, wrapped over a pulley system.
    • Benefits: External halyard flagpoles enable easy operation, allowing the flag to be displayed and move up or down as required. They are also wind-rated, allowing you to choose a flagpole that works in your climate.
    • Drawbacks: The rope can wear out over time and have to be replaced.
  • Internal halyard flagpoles - An internal halyard flagpole system conceals the rope inside the flagpole. These flagpoles typically use a rope with a wired center or a stainless steel cable.
    • Benefits: Internal halyard flagpoles offer a more streamlined look while providing extra security. Like the external halyard flagpoles, these flagpoles are also wind-rated.
    • Drawbacks: The price tag can be higher because these flagpoles involve additional mechanisms.
  • Nautical flagpoles - These flagpoles are great for commercial use and are designed to look like the mast of a ship. Nautical flagpoles are made of tapered aluminum and include either a yardarm or a yardarm & gaff.
    • Benefits: Nautical flagpoles are great for flying multiple flags simultaneously. As with the internal and external halyard flagpoles, nautical flagpoles are wind-rated.
    • Drawbacks: These flagpoles have a very specific look. If you don't want a nautical theme, these might not be the right choice.
  • Sectional flagpoles - These flagpoles are great for residential or light commercial use.
    • Benefits: Sectional flagpoles are affordable yard flag pole options for those on a budget.
    • Drawbacks: These flagpoles are not wind-rated.
  • Telescoping flagpoles - They raise and lower with the drop of a button or twist of a joint, making them an easily adjustable yard flag pole.
    • Benefits: If it is very windy, you can collapse your flagpole to protect it.
    • Drawbacks: At any height, these flagpoles are not wind-rated.

When you’ve been doing the same job for 30+ years you might use terminology that most people don’t know. We’ve put together a list of important flagpole terms but you can also contact us with any questions.

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