Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Flag

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

Two people on a balcony beside the American flag
Whatever flag you’re raising, make sure it’s built to handle the elements or it won’t fly for long.Unsplash/Chris Barbalis

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.

Annin Flagmakers Model 2710 American Flag Tough-Tex the Strongest, Longest Lasting, 3x5 ft, 100% Made in USA with Sewn Stripes, Embroidered Stars and Brass Grommets

Forever Hues

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

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.

Hauffmann United Flags American USA US Flag Deluxe Embroidered Stars, Heavy Duty Durable Flags Built for Outdoors, Vivid Color, Sewn Stripes, Brass Grommets, Outside (5x8 FT Embroidered Stars)

Sturdy Stitching

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

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.

G128 American Flag 5x8 ft USA US Flag Embroidered Stars Sewn Stripes Brass Grommets Durable Indoor Outdoor Use

Heavyweight Polyester

This product has extra-strong connection points.G128

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.