Not ALL Flags are made the same way using the same skill and materials.What is Nylon Fabric?
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ALL of our flags are 100% American Made.
Superior nylon fabric is used in all of our nylon flags. Flags feature 200-denier 100% SolarMax™ nylon which is tough, durable and long lasting. SolarMax nylon exhibits tremendous strength under UV exposure and is highly resistant to UV fading. A nylon flag will fly in the slightest breeze since it is lightweight but durable. It also makes an exceptional indoor display flag.What is Polyester Fabric?
A 2-ply polyester blend fabric is extremely strong and durable. Our polyester fabric is called PolyMax™. This fabric resembles cotton in appearance because it is woven. The fabric is heavier than nylon and requires more wind to fly than our nylon flags. It perfect for windy conditions or for a flag that is flown 24/7. It offers superior performance in sun, wind and rain. Due to its woven fabric it is abrasion resistant since some wind passes thru the fabric rather than beating against it. PolyMax flags are the most durable flags available today.What is Cotton Flag Fabric?
Our cotton flags are manufactured from traditional heavyweight 2x2 ply mercerized cotton. The extra rugged weave actually exceeds U.S.Government specifications. Often cotton flags are used for indoor display, special keepsake flags and burial or interment flags. Cotton flags are not recommended for outdoor use.What is a Sewn Flag?
Each stripe is sewn separately. Stars will be embroidered or appliqued. The product description will indicate if a flag is sewn. The flag has no dyed images. Sewn flags have strong lock-stitching for superior wear.What is a Aniline-Dyed Flag?
This process is used on our Military and State and other flags with complex designs, emblems or mottoes. The process duplicates designs with accuracy in brilliant, fast colors. Dyes permeate the fabric rather than the design being printed on the fabric. With the aniline-dye process, the flag image is correct on the front and reverse when viewed from the back side. Flags have strong lock-stitching for superior wear.What is a Pole Hem?
This is a hem on the left side of the flag that a pole can pass through. Pole hems or sleeves are useful for indoor ceremonial flag sets, parade and outdoor decorative poles. Two leather "tabs" are sewn into the hem of the flag. These tabs are attached to your existing flag pole hardware to keep the flag from sliding. The hem is sewn to accommodate a pole up to the diameter of 1-1/2".What is the Fly End?
This is the side of the flag opposite the header and grommets. Generally this is the end of the flag that is "free" and gets "snapped" in the wind and therefore suffers the most wear and tear.Are all of your products Made in the USA?
ALL of our flags are Made in the USA. Other products may not be made in the USA. If you purchase an item that has multiple components such as an indoor flag set. There may be some components that are not American made. If you have questions concerning a specific item, please contact us.
Pole Hem is a sleeve that allows for a flag pole to pass thru. Standard hems or sleeves will accommodate a pole up to 1-1/2" diameter. Leather "tabs" in the sleeve attach to your existing pole hardware.
Solid Brass Grommets allow for your flag to be fastened to the flagpole with flag snaps or straps. A 3'x5' flag has two #2 rolled rim grommets. The number and size of grommets per flag are based on flag size. Grommets are placed in the flag Header. The header is made from a bright white cotton polyester blend army duck cloth. This photo shows a grommet placed in a header. The size of the header changes based on the size of flag. On a 3'x5' flag, the header is 1 1/2".
Embroidered Stars (shown on the left) are machine stitched directly onto the flag fabric. Appliqued Stars (shown on the right) are separate stars made from nylon that are added to the flag fabric both front and back and machine stitched into place.
Metal Thimbles are included along with grommets on all flags 8'x12' and larger. Nylon rope is sewn into the strong canvas header with galvanized metal thimbles on the ends.
Flag Lock Stitching: Seams are double-stitched and fly ends have either 2, 4, 6 or 8 rows of double-stitching depending upon flag size. Shown is the stitching on a 3'x5' flag. Lock stitching is more durable than a chain stitched flag.
HOW TO I CARE FOR MY FLAG?
Our flags are manufactured using the highest quality U.S. made materials available. They give exceptional service in exchange or reasonable care. Wind, water, sun, dirt and neglect are the major enemies of a flag. Non one can control the weather but you can take some important steps to lengthen the life of your flag:
- Periodically, gently wash your flag in cool water with mild detergent. Do not allow the flag to soak. Line or flat dry thoroughly to prevent mildew. If wrinkled, use the appropriate heat setting on your iron for the flag fabric or allow the wind to do so.
- At the first sign of fraying have your flag repaired before further damage is done. Extremely torn or frayed flags should be disposed of properly following the U.S Flag Code. Most veteran organizations gladly accept flags for proper disposal.
- Always keep your flag pole as clean as possible. More your pole if your flag does not have adequate room to fly unobstructed.
- To extend the life of your flag we recommend having two flags and rotating them throughout the year.
HOW LONG SHOULD A FLAG LAST AND WHAT CAN I DO TO EXTEND FLAG LIFE?
There is no definite answer to this question. How long a flag will last depends on the weather, its location, airborne contamination and how often you fly your flag. Remember, your flag is a piece of cloth that works very, very hard. Throughout its lifetime your flag shakes, trembles, drapes, snaps, chafes, bakes, freezes, ripples, flutters, furls, twists, flaps, strains, flies, unfurls and hangs!
The U.S.Government expects a flag to last approximately 90 days based on sunrise to sunset fly time but not flown during times of poor weather. The major problems that a flag faces are wind, sun and salt air. The life of a flag depends upon your individual flying conditions. A flag flown 24 hours a day in all weather conditions may need to be replaced two or three times per year. You can extend the life of your flag by:
- Occasional hand washing in warm water and mild soap.
- Let your flag dry completely before storing to prevent mildew.
- Inspect your flag for any sign of loose stitches and repair the damage. Flags can easily be sewn on a home sewing machine and large flags can be mended by a full service dry cleaner or upholstery shop.
- Keep your flag pole clean as possible and make sure there are no sharp or rough areas on the pole that would cause damage to the flag.
- Make sure your flag flies unobstructed and does not come in contact with your roof, bushes or other flag poles.