Residential Flagpoles: What to Know Before You Buy

 Keira Bennett
  Jan 19, 2018

A residential flagpole and American flag (or other flag) is a fantastic way to upgrade the appearance of any home. And, because this is an investment you will want to last, knowing the ins and outs of residential flagpoles can pay dividends and help you avoid making costly mistakes. There are two main categories of residential flagpoles, each with its own considerations. So, let’s dig into the various options you might consider when making a purchase decision.

How Do You Want to Display Your Flag?

The two main categories of residential flagpoles are wall-mount flagpoles and in-ground flagpoles. Wall-mount flagpoles are the type you see very commonly on front porches or other vertical mounting surfaces (like trees or columns). These poles are generally quite affordable and easy to install. In-ground residential flagpoles, on the other hand, cost more and require a bit more effort to install, but can potentially create a much more noticeable impact. More on what to look for when buying one of these residential flagpoles below…

Wall-Mount Residential Flagpoles

Wall-mount flagpoles are generally 5ft to 6ft in length. They will typically fly a 2.5x4ft flag or a 3x5ft flag. They range in price from the very cheap – under $15, to $150 at the high end. As you might expect, quality varies greatly in this price range. On the low end, your wall-mount flag set may last a single season. During that time, parts will fade and may even break if exposed to any kind of extreme weather. The flag will usually start fading within a couple of weeks. However, if budget is a concern and you want to get a flag flying for as little money as possible, then one of these flagpole kits might be just the ticket. If, however, you prefer higher quality that will last for several, to many, years, then it’s probably worth it to invest a little more and get something better. A subtle aspect that many people don’t consider when purchasing a flagpole is that the appearance of the flag and pole over time can greatly affect its visual impact. It isn’t going to make a great impression if you fly a flag that is faded and frayed, on a pole that sags or bends or looks droopy and sad.

In-Ground Residential Flagpoles

As mentioned above, inground flagpoles require a little more of an investment in terms of money and time. Installation is not as simple as it is with a wall-mount flagpole. You’ll need to choose a good location, dig a foundation hole (an easy job if you have a post hole digger) and possibly mix and pour concrete. (Before digging any holes, you need to be sure you aren’t going to sever any utility lines during digging. It’s always a good idea to call “Call Before You Dig” at 811 and have someone come verify that there are no powerlines, cables or pipes where you want to dig your foundation.) In addition to questions of location and digging, an in-ground residential flag pole will cost a bit more. But the results are so worth it. There’s a very real joy to seeing that majestic flagpole with a flag flying at the top every time you come home.

In-ground, residential flag poles come in two broad categories, telescoping flagpoles and traditional flagpoles with a rope, pulley and cleat system for raising and lowering the flag. Telescoping flagpoles are a good choice for seasonal flag display – i.e. if you want to fly your flag during the warmer months and then take it down during the winter. That’s because, as their name implies, telescoping flagpoles can be lowered to 1/3 or ¼ of their full height to allow easy removal from the ground sleeve and storage indoors. Since they do collapse for storage, telescoping flagpoles use a system of spring loaded buttons to lower or raise the pole (and flag). There is no rope involved. This is a slightly more cumbersome system for raising and lowering your flag than a rope and pulley. However, if you are only going to fly your flag seasonally, you may only raise the flag and pole once per season before taking it down for storage in the off months. A nice side benefit of telescoping flagpoles is that they usually come with snap hooks for flying two flags simultaneously. As a final note, telescoping flagpoles are generally more expensive than their traditional rope and pulley style brethren. Let’s talk about those next.

The final category for today’s discussion of residential, inground flagpoles is the traditional rope and pulley version. These are the most common flagpoles available. You can get them at most big box home improvement stores and of course, across the web. You’ll find that they are typically made of light duty aluminum tubing. Assembly is straight forward – just make sure you get the sections in the correct order! It’s not fun to assemble your flagpole only to find that they cleat mounting holes are 15ft above the ground! Follow the assembly instructions, though and you should be fine.

Since they are light duty, in ground residential flagpoles are susceptible to damage from strong storms. To counter this, keep these things in mind:

  1. Take your flag down any time severe weather approaches
  2. Do not put a larger than recommended flag on your residential flagpole
  3. Consider a heavy-duty residential flagpole when buying. Better online retailers offer a heavy duty (HD) version.
  4. Always buy from a highly rated dealer to make sure you don’t get ripped off.
  5. Rest easy knowing that if your pole does get bent due to high winds, it will almost always be the bottom section that bends and you can easily order a replacement, at fairly low cost.

And there you have our quick guide to residential flagpoles. We hope that it helps you make the right choice for your situation.

Residential Flagpoles: What to Know Before You Buy

Keira Bennett

I am a full-time and an enthusiastic blogger who is always passionate to explore new areas of writing. I enjoy researching and writing on different niche. I always believe that being unique is one of the best mantras of a successful writer.

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