A commercial flagpole, which may also be known as a flagmast,
is often made from high quality aluminum, steel or fiberglass. These poles are
typically found outside schools, businesses or other properties, and are used
to commemorate certain events, ideas, or places.
Flag poles may be a single piece or they may be comprised of
multiple sections, and can reach a height of 100 ft. or more. They are tapered
cones and will have a durable finish which has been anodized. The best flag poles also have a high wind
rating, and can withstand wind speeds of up to 255 mph.
On all commercial flagpoles, the flag will be attached to the
lower part of the halyard, and will be raised by pulling on the opposite side.
The halyard must be tightened and attached to the base of the pole. Flag poles
will typically have a flat plate near the top called the “truck,” and it they may
also have a finial, (a ball ornament or an eagle) which will adorn the top of the
pole. Some commercial flag poles will feature two pulleys and two halyards for flying two flags at the same
One or more pieces of taper will typically be used, in the
construction of a flagpole. Some commercial flagpoles feature an external
halyard system, while other commercial flag
poles may utilize an internal winch system which is attached to a shaft,
which is turned using a removable crank handle. On internal halyard systems, the
steel cable unwinds from the winchand will move inside the pole, over the truck
sheave and outside the shaft.
A counter weight, which has a neoprene coating, is connected
to the the halayard and a retainer ring. This gives the halyard the ability to
descend, which allows the flag to be attached or removed. Internal halyard
systems are also good because, once raised, they cannot be touched by
Flag poles come with a number of different accessories. These
accessories will typically either enhance the appearance of the pole, or will
make it easier to operate. Many models will come with a revolving truck made
from cast aluminum, a cable assembly, counterweights and retainer rings, and a
foundation sleeve which is made from galvanized steel. Another important
accessory is the M-winch, which is a gear less device that can lock itself,
which reduces the need for a brake.
Very tall commercial flagpoles will require the use of a crane during installation, which is