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January 19th, 2019

How to Tell the Difference Between Nylon and Polyester US Flags

Did you know there are three types of materials when it comes to the US flag? There’s Nylon, Polyester, and Cotton. What is the difference between these fabrics? Which fabric holds up the best? These are questions we hear daily, most commonly about the US Flag. Here is how to tell the difference between nylon and polyester flags.

Polyester Flag Material: Our Polyester flag material is Two-Ply heavy material. It looks and feels like traditional cotton. The open-weave fabric allows the wind to blow through the fabric which will prolong the life of the flag. This is the most durable outdoor flag material. Depending on the size of the flag, the American flag will fade before it begins to fray, due to the strength of this material.

Nylon Flag Material: Nylon is the most versatile flag material. The Nylon material we provide is 200 denier SolarMax. When flying a United States flag made with Nylon, it combines lustrous beauty and rugged strength. Nylon is lighter than Polyester, so it flutters nicely in the wind. Nylon Material is treated to resist sun and chemical deterioration. It is a good idea to look at your Nylon flag often to detect the first sign of fraying as once it begins to fray, it will quickly become unflyable.

Cotton Flag Material: Cotton hold the traditional look of an American flag. This fabric is recommended for interment (casket) flags. Cotton material has a looser weave and due to the fabric composition, it fades and frays quickly when flown outdoors.

If you still have questions feel free to contact us, we would love to help you figure out which material would best fit your needs.

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1 Comment

  • Bob Harvey

    July 15, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    I am building a flag to display on a wall indoors. I am curious If it matters what material I use to make the staff from and if the color of the staff needs to be specific. I am also curious about when a displayed flag should or should not have decorative gold cordage. As well as the gold fringe that surrounds the flag in some instances. I would be interested in knowing when that is required or when it is unacceptable. I sure would appreciate your input on these curiosities.

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