Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Flag

How to select a flag you can fly season after season.

Whether you want to fly a flag on holidays or every day of the year, the colors should be bold, the fabric resilient, and the construction built to survive the strongest storms. A faded flag, with hanging threads and loose seams, can look disheveled and possibly detach from a flagpole in a strong wind. When you’re shopping for a new flag, look for these three qualities.

Forever Hues

This product has a colorfast treatment to prevent fading. Annin Flagmakers

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One of the most recognizable features of any flag is the color pattern itself. The U.S. flag has rich red, deep blue, and brilliant white fabrics that complement one another. But the sun can fade textile colors quickly, so make sure your flag is made with quality outdoor fabrics (like polyester) and dyes that won’t change color over time.

Sturdy Stitching

The connection points on this product won’t rust. Hauffmann

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The appearance of bright-white stars on a deep blue field is stunning, but stars silkscreened to blue fabric lose their luster. Embroidered accents are brighter and offer greater contrast than dyed accents because the individual threads reflect more light. Also, embroidered symbols sit on top of the base fabric, giving it a bold and distinctive look from both sides.

Heavyweight Polyester

This product has extra-strong connection points. G128

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Avoid printed flags with weak attachment points. They will easily tear and you risk losing the flag in a high wind. Colors sewn together give a flag strength, and brass grommets won’t rust or weaken.