3 Important Flag Flying and Care Tips for the Winter

October 30, 2018 2 min read

Snow, freezing rain, sleet, winds hails, and what not; winter can be especially taxing on your flag. The harsh winter will definitely not be an ally to your flag, so what should you do with it? Should you leave it as it is, bring it inside and retire it for the season, and then buy a new one for spring?

But is it possible to fly your flag out in the blistering cold as well? Of course!

With a few specific tips, you too can fly your flag freely in the cold winter winds and still have it look good when spring arrives.

Tip#1: Opt for Polyester Double Ply Fabric Instead of Standard Nylon

Winter can be especially tough on a flag display. Not only will the constant thawing and freezing weaken flagpole parts; it will also adversely affect the fabric of the actual flag. While the standard nylon fabric used in flags traditionally tends to flow great in the summer breeze, it won’t perform just as well in the harsh winter winds. A two-ply polyester fabric will be much better suited to the wear and tear of the winter weather. While made with similar lock-stitching, it is about twice the bulk of nylon which makes it sturdier.

Tip#2: Fly the Flag One Size Lower 

If the two-ply polyester fabric flag is still not sturdy enough to resist winter damage, you can always fly the flag one size lower. Sometimes the winter can be especially tough on the frail winter flag, causing it to break down earlier. In such cases, the foolproof option is to fly the flag a size lower for a longer lasting flag display throughout the winter weather.

Tip#3: Pay Special Attention to the Flagpole Parts As Well 

Flagpoles are possibly the most neglected parts of hoisting the flag. Most flag flyers just replace broken flagpole parts with something they found in their toolkits or from a local hardware store. Managing a flagpole with makeshift parts is akin to putting Band-Aid on a serious wound. You’ll have lots of problems to deal with later on. This could also be the reason why flag displays aren’t as long lasting as they should be.

All flag pole parts, whether they are nylon, aluminum, or stainless steel will ultimately succumb to natural elements. It is not a question of whether they should be replaced but when. To avoid expensive repairs, keep a check on your flagpole parts to ensure they’re in working order.

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