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Caught in the cold | your flagpole's winter challenges

Your flag and flagpole in bad weather.

As wonderful and beautiful as it may be walking in a “Winter Wonderland”, extreme winter weather conditions can cause serious damage to your flags and flagpoles.

The United States Flag Code dictates that, “The American flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.”

So, what exactly is meant by “inclement” weather? 

Depending on who you ask, you will receive a different answer about inclement weather. 

All residential and commercial outdoor flags should be safe if left out in the occasional light rain and/or breeze. You should bring Old Glory inside during heavy rain storms or heavy wind, unless you are flying a heavy duty all-weather flag, such as the LIBERTY FLAGS Rugged WaveCrest American Flag. No matter what type of flag you are flying, taking your flag down during icy conditions is best for both your flag and pole.

As important as it is to make sure you are flying a rugged and reliable flag, you must also make sure that you are using a sturdy, reliable flagpole that is rated for the size of flag you are flying. 

The AMBASSADOR Commercial Flagpole is perfect for demanding residential use and smaller commercial buildings. 

Is your flag the correct size for your flagpole?

If the flag is too large, it can bend or collapse the flagpole in bad weather conditions!

The most popular flag size for residential and small business use is 3’x5’. This size is perfect to fly either from a pole mounted to your home or set in the ground. 

Higher ambitions? Try a BIG flagpole: 20 - 80 feet high.

While the AMBASSADOR flagpole rises to a maximum height of 35' and can accept a flag up to 5'x8', municipal buildings and businesses may choose to display flags up to 15’x25’ on the 80' models of SKYSCAPE, EMBASSY or EMPIRE flagpoles. And there are choices in between! From 20’ to 80’ poles, we have you covered with our trusty family of quality, dependable Commercial Flagpoles.

REMEMBER: Only Commercial Flagpoles are wind-rated. Any flag should be flown on a pole that is designed for a particular flag size.

Flagpoles should be selected to support the largest flag intended to be flown in the highest wind speed to which it will be subject. Here are a few quick guidelinesto consider when flying one flag from a pole:

  • 20' pole: 3'x5'
  • 25' pole: 4'x6'
  • 30' pole: 5'x8'
  • 35' pole: 5'x8'
  • 40' pole: 6'x10'
  • 45' pole: 6'x10'
  • 50' pole: 8'x12'
  • 60' pole: 10'x15'
  • 70' pole: 12'x18'
  • 80' pole: 15'x25'

Checking the size and wind ratings of both your flag and pole before flying and using your best judgement regarding weather conditions are two great ways to help protect your Flag and your Commercial Flagpole this winter.

All Commercial Flagpoles ship FREE from LIBERTY FLAGS. 

Our Jeff Jones is ready to help you with selection and maintenance questions on the LIBERTY FLAGS family of Commercial Flagpoles. He's available at service@LibertyFlags.com and by phone at 918.834.1110 or 800.322.3524.