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​WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING A FLAG

​WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING A FLAG

Posted by Fiona on Mar 20th 2018

Made in america does make a difference

When you purchase an American made flag, you are not only supporting our economy, you’re also purchasing a flag made from the highest quality materials. It’s a fact that imported flags simply do no offer the textile strength and colorfast manufacturing that flags made in the United States offer.

Flag FABRICS

Nylon

Pros: With its lustrous appearance, it is by far the most popular fabric choice for flags today. Nylon flags offer specific advantages over other flag fabrics, such as the ability to fly in lower wind due to the lighter material. Nylon also offers brighter and more vivid colors. Most importantly, the tight weave on nylon flags allow them to dry relatively quickly. From the thread that holds the stripes together and composes each embroidered star to the grommets; all are American materials.

Cons: The lightweight nylon material will not last as long as polyester flags. Nylon flags are intended to be flown in light to medium winds, so you need to be mindful of the environment you live in. High winds and harsh weather conditions can easily cause the lightweight nylon to fray or possibly tear. While nylon is the most versatile flag material, it is not the most durable!

Polyester

Pros: The most durable fabric choice for flags available on the market. Polyester flags are constructed with a durable 2-ply spun and woven polyester fabric. This flag fabric provides bright, fade resistant colors; and includes an open weave to reduce wind resistance and flying ability. These polyester flags are the perfect choice for high winds and server weather areas. The fly hem is reinforced by four rows of double stitching with tough back-stick reinforcement.

Cons: While extremely durable, polyester flags require higher winds speeds for flying or they will just hang on your pole. Due the durability of polyester flags, you will pay slightly more than a typical nylon flag. While polyester flags offer good color quality, their surface can appear dull and feels rougher to the touch when compared to that of a nylon flag.

Cotton

Pros: American cotton flags are the perfect option for flag traditionalists and can be flown both inside and outside. Cotton flags are popular in ceremonies and remembrances. Typically, cotton flags are constructed from a durable 2-ply cotton weave and feature incredibly rich and vibrant colors, perfect for displaying proudly.

Cons: The natural fibers of cotton flags are not weather resistant, nor do they shed water effectively, so they are not meant for extended outdoor use. If flown outside, they need to be brought in when wet so they can properly dry. Cotton wrinkles easily, so It needs to be hung or lain flat to completely dry. Cotton is generally more expensive than nylon flags and requires more care. Just like a polyester flag, the surface can appear dull and feels rougher to the touch when compared to that of a nylon flag.