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May 31st, 2019

How to Extend the Life of Your Flag

A common question we get asked is “how long will my flag last?”, and the truth is, we don’t know. It depends on how you are using it, so here are a few questions we ask:

  • Are you flying your flag outside?
  • Is your flag flying 24/7?
  • Is your flag protected by a home or building or is it exposed to high wind?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is likely your flag will need to be replaced a few times a year. The U.S. Government generally expects a nylon or cotton flag to last 90 days based on being flown daily from sunrise to sunset – but not during periods of inclement weather.

Here are some tips and tricks to help extend the life of your flag.

  1. Take your flag down at sunset – Tests have shown that, in some cases, a flag flown 24 hours a day will last only one-fourth as long as one flown only during the daylight hours.
  2. Clean and mend your flag – If your flag still has bright colors, and just slight fraying consider cleaning and repairing your flag. This will significantly extend the life of your flag. We offer this service, either drop it off, ship it to us, or give us a call so we can take your flag down, clean & mend it, and return it.
  3. Bring flags inside during inclement weather – especially during rain, snow, or high wind days. This alone will extend the life of your flag significantly.
  4. Consider the surroundings – Is the flag close to any rough surfaces, tree branches, brick, gutters, cables, wires or other solid surface? Taking the step to make sure your flag cannot get caught up or rub up against an item will prolong the life of your flag.

Remember, regardless of how well a flag is constructed, a flag is, after all, only made of cloth and will sooner or later succumb to the elements. Although, it has been well documented that reasonably good care will contribute greatly to a longer flag life.

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