What Size Flag is Right for Your Flagpole?

So, you’ve just installed your brand-new Outdoor Flagpole in front of your building or home. The excitement and anticipation build as you pull out your Outdoor American Flag and get ready to attach it to the flag snap hooks and hoist it up the pole. But wait – is your flag the right size for the pole?

Here is a quick guide to selecting the correct size flag for your flagpole.


One of the most important things to consider in terms of safety and flag longevity is windspeed. Depending on the season and the region in which you live, windspeed will obviously vary. Download our handy windspeed map to get a better understanding of possible wind speeds in your area.

Windspeed Map

Residential Flagpoles

Whether you are displaying your American Flag from your house-mount flagpole or your ground-mount residential flagpole, it’s advised to fly a 3’x5’ flag at the largest. This is the perfect size to show your patriotic pride in front of your home. If you intend on installing a permanent display, please see our collection of Commercial Flagpoles.

Commercial Flagpoles

Unlike Residential Flagpoles, Commercial Flagpoles are designed for long-term or permanent use. They are also designed to fly larger flags, depending on the type, height, and wind rating of the flagpole. The basic rule here is that the horizontal length of the flag is 1/4 to 1/3 the height of the flagpole. This guideline applies to commercial manufactured flagpoles 20’ and taller.


For more specific information regarding the flag size recommended for your particular Outdoor Flagpole, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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