Budget Price Imported Flags: These are low cost flags imported from the Far East, manufactured using 75 to 90 denier nylon with polyester headbands and metal eyelets for fixing. Thousands of flags are in stock for instant shipping.
Premium Quality Printed Flags: These are our "Own Brand" superior quality printed flags, manufactured using 115g to 210g knitted polyester (depending on use) with tough polypropylene headbands and a big choice of fixings. The most popular designs/sizes/fixings are in stock or made in 5-10 WORKING days.
Traditional Handcrafted Applique Flags: These are individually created, one at a time, by highly experienced designers/sewers. Each shape in every flag is individually cut and carefully stitched to the fabric background with mirrored pieces sewn onto the reverse side. These flags are manufactured using 155g woven polyester, also known as spun polyester, normally for professional outdoor use, being the strongest available on the market and approved/specified by The Ministry of Defence. Although woven using 100% heavy polyester thread these flags have a natural woollen feel with wind allowed to pass thorough and along the fabric, making it the best choice where durability and a traditional look is required. Flags are finished with rope and toggle through a polypropylene headband. The most popular designs/sizes are ex-stock or made in 5-10 WORKING days.
Taking care of your flags.
Keep your Pole in good repair: A rusting metal pole or a wooden pole that is splintering acts like sand paper. These or other sharp pole surfaces will tear your flag, so if you keep your pole surface free of heavy dirt, rust, scale and corrosion and you will protect your flag.
Keep flags in good repair. At the first sign of wear, don’t neglect repairs because a timely repair can prevent a small fray from becoming a big tear. Usually the fly end of your flag will be the first to fray from constant whipping. When this occurs the end should be cut off and re-hemmed. Remember "a stitch in time saves nine!"
Keep flags clean. A little care applied to your flags will avoid unreasonable short life – dirt, dust, soil, smoke and other airborne industrial contaminants in urban areas will shorten the life of your flag, dull the color and tear the fabric. This can be overcome with most outdoor flags by washing and rinsing, thoroughly. You can put flags in the washing machine, using a gentle cycle but do not put flags in the dryer. Damaged flags showing signs of tears or unravelling seams should not be put in a washing machine. Flags with gold fringe should always be professionally cleaned.
Take flags in. Don’t fly your flag for any length of time in persistent wind and rain especially in coastal, open moorland and mountainous areas. Even when the best quality materials are used weather, strong winds and rain can affect the dye and eventually damage any flag. Prompt cleaning in mild detergent, may remove discoloration from damage due to exposure to the wind and rain abuse. When the wind is working your flag too hard, take it in. The more you expose your flag to the effects of rain, snow and high winds, the sooner it will wear out.
Store flags sensibly. Never store a wet flag but always hang it up evenly and let it dry out before you fold or roll it because dampness causes mildew. Storing or transporting a
wet flag can cause the color to migrate.
Length of Flag Service.
Flags are perishable items made of fabric, not metal and every flag will eventually succumb to the ravages of the elements which makes predicting the lifespan of a flag very difficult. Your particular use and application is the greatest factor in determining how long your flag will last. Even the strongest of flags cannot be flown for long in strong winds without deteriorating. The correct procedure is to hoist a flag at sunrise and lower at sunset and never use in exceptional climatic conditions. You cannot hoist a flag and leave it indefinately in all weather conditions and expect it to last for years - remember it would be flying for almost 9,000 hours per year. In general, a polyester flag will last approximately 90 days based on daily display, but not during periods of inclement weather. In some cases a polyester flag displayed 24 hours a day may only last a quarter of that time. When your flag begins to show obvious signs of wear such as holes, severe fading or heavily frayed edging it is appropriate to retire the old flag and replace it with a new one.
In conclusion it is recommended that when you buy flags, you buy them in pairs because is very difficult to predict the life expectancy of a flag due to climatic conditions and the number of hours your flag is flying from your flagpole.