Three tips for flying your American flag in bad weather

Flying American flags in winter weather

The time has come; Old Man Winter has moved begun coloring the autumn foliage and is ready to be nipping at noses and frosting windows. He brings with him chilling weather and brisk winds. So, how do we protect our American flags through the winter months? Here are three quick tips.

1. All weather material

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.”

All-weather flags are constructed with inclement weather in mind, made to resist the wear and tear brought on by wind and precipitation. Nonetheless, it should be noted that even the most durable of all-weather flags can still be damaged by extended exposure to high winds and other extreme weather conditions.

All-weather American flags usually made from nylon or polyester.

2. Use snap hook covers!

Not only do snap hook covers reduce wear and tear on snap hooks — the most frequently replaced flagpole accessories — but they also reduce flagpole noise and flagpole damage. Both of these types of damage are created when the snap hooks and the flagpole make frequent contact during windy conditions.

3. Keep America beautiful

The United States Flag Code states that, “when a patriotic effect is desired, the [American] flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during hours of darkness.” What does that mean? Use lights mounted away from the flagpole, oriented in such a manner as to spotlight the flag.

New to snap hook covers?

This video will provide you with all of the information you will need to be a snap hook cover expert, including installation instructions for snap hooks and snap hook covers.

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