Things To Know Before Installing A Residential Flagpole

When choosing a residential flagpole flag, first decide on the site and the desired height. Make sure you can see the flag from different angles. Is it so high that you have to crane your neck to see? Is it so low that it is behind a thicket? Choose something in between.

Then choose your equipment mast flag. The most popular material for residential flagpole (also known as ‘fahnenmast’ in German ) is aluminum for high strength, low maintenance, low weight and low cost. Fiberglass is the second most popular material because it has a gel coat finish glossy hard that resists soiling and scratching more.


Now choose a system of external or internal halyard. A halyard system is the means by which the flag is raised and lowered. It consists of a rope or a cable threaded through a truck or a pulley mechanism at the top. 

External halyards systems are rigged to the outside of the post, locked in place by wrapping the rope or cable around a simple cleat at the base of the post. 

Internal halyard systems are located within the pole, with a slot in the base for a winch or special handle. In areas where vandalism is a concern, choose an internal halyard system.

Finally, decide what color you want your pole, and if you want to add custom ornaments, like a ball or finial, eagle, or any other type of ornament.

When it comes time to install the flag itself, dig a hole. The size of the hole depends on the size of the flagpole. Wetting the hole and filling with concrete. Insert a steel ground sleeve wherein the flag will be placed.

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