The winter months are not only harsh on our bodies, plants, and homes, but they are also harsh on flags and flagpoles. Snow, high winds, rain, and other harsh conditions can reduce the life-span of your flag and damage your flagpole. Follow these tips to prepare for winter and make sure you get the most out of your flag and flagpole:
- Fly Polyester. If you are flying a nylon flag, consider switching the material to polyester during the wintertime. Polyester flags are more durable and can resist high winds and other inclement weather conditions compared to nylon flags. We do not recommend polyester flags for 1" house mounted poles.
- Fly Smaller. If you are concerned about your flagpole not being able to withstand the winter elements, consider flying a flag that is one size smaller. The smaller flags put less stress on the flagpole.
- Replace your Flag. If your flag is worn, damaged, or fraying, consider purchasing a new flag or bringing your flag to a seamstress to fix up fraying ends. The winter elements are tough on flags already, but if your flag is fraying, the wind may shred the flag even more.
- Replace Flagpole Parts. Check to make sure your flagpole and its accompanying parts (such as halyard, snaps, and trucks) are in good condition. If parts are wearing or damaged, consider replacing them as to not damage your flagpole. You may want to consider replacing nylon snaps with zinc snaps.
- Take Flag Inside. If you are expecting harsher than normal conditions, it is recommended that you take the flag inside as to not add extra stress to the flagpole. You may also want to consider taking the flag in at night during the winter months to lengthen the life-span of your flag.
- Clean Flag & Flagpole.* To ensure that your flag and flagpole are ready for the harsh conditions of winter, you can clean your flag and flagpole with mild soap and warm water. Make sure your flag is completely dry before you fly it. To clean your flagpole, you can attach a damp, soapy sponge to the halyard and raise and lower the halyard to get hard to reach spots. *If you have any kind of anodized flagpole, it is recommended not to clean the pole as this could damage the protective sealant.