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January 24th, 2024

How Long Should an Aluminum Flagpole Last 

Aluminum flagpoles are known for their durability and longevity, which is one of the reasons why Custom Flag Company offers this type of flagpole in our shop. Often, we are asked how long should an aluminum flagpole last. When properly maintained, an aluminum flagpole can last for several decades. The exact lifespan can vary based on factors such as environmental conditions, exposure to extreme weather, and the quality of the flagpole itself.

High-quality aluminum flagpoles are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, including strong winds, rain, and sunlight. On average, a well-maintained aluminum flagpole can last over 25 years.

The lifespan can be extended with regular maintenance and proper care. Here are some tips for maintaining your aluminum flagpole. 

How Long Should an Aluminum Flagpole Last 

Hardware Inspection

The hardware can be easily forgotten, but it is so important. This is what keeps your flag flying on your flagpole. 

The hardware to check every year or two are snap hooks, snap hook covers, and rope. If a snap hook breaks your flag will be flying by one grommet, or if they both break, your flag will fly away. Snap hook covers are not as crucial, however they will keep the snap hooks from making so much noise. We typically change these out at the same time as snap hooks. Now if the rope breaks, we have to get to the top of the flagpole, which can be costly. Be sure to check the strain spots, where the snap hooks are connected and where the rope is tied off on the flagpole. 

Parts that don’t need to be inspected as often are the truck (pulley), ball, and cleat. These typically last a little longer. I would inspect every 5 years if you are not having issues before then. 

Wind Ratings

There are different wind ratings specified for your aluminum flagpole based on the base diameter, height, and aluminum wall thickness. Avoid flying oversized flags in high winds, as this can put excessive stress on the pole and possibly cause the pole to snap. 

Professional Inspection

And of course, our Custom Flag Company team is always here to support you with your flag and flagpole needs. We are happy to assist with your maintenance and repair needs. Just give us a call to schedule this service!

By following these maintenance tips and addressing any issues promptly, you can maximize the lifespan of your aluminum flagpole. Regular inspections and care ensure that the flagpole remains in excellent condition and continues to proudly display the flag for many years.

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