Friday, 28 November 2008

A Guide to choosing a Flagpole

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Choosing a flagpole may seem like a minefield, but if you break down the task into several key areas, it should prove a relatively easy exercise.

There are several factors to take into account:

Location & Height of pole

Flagpole Material

Your Budget

Location & Height of Flagpole

We have many different heights of flagpoles, ranging from 4.5 metres (approx 15’) to 10 m (approx 33’)

One of the most popular sizes we do is the 6 metre pole, approx 20’ high.

Key factors to consider is the height of surrounding buildings, trees or any wires from telegraph poles, power lines etc.

Flagpole Material

The main types of materials used in the manufacture, these days, are aluminium or fibreglass. Both of these materials are relatively maintenance free, and should last many years.

The aluminium poles tend to be sectional, whereas the fibreglass poles are usually a single piece tapered pole.

Our aluminium range of flagpoles are our most popular. As they are sectional poles, they provide excellent value and durability, and are economic to transport to site. We have 2 different specification poles to suit every requirement.

Our Fibreglass range of flagpoles offer excellent value, a single piece tapered pole for a prestigious look at a great price. A low weight, high strength pole with a smooth, dirt repellent surface.

NB All of our flagpoles are supplied complete. The only additional item you will need is a flag!

Internal / External Halyard

Halyards (the rope used to hoist a flag) can be external or internal for greater security, noise reduction & aesthetic appeal.

We would recommend an internal halyard system if the pole is close to the road or public areas – to prevent theft or damage of the flag.

Your Budget

A flagpole ¨should¨ be a one off purchase, so bare that in mind when choosing your flagpole. It may seem expensive at the time but it will last you years.

For more information on any of our range of Flags and Flagpoles please visit our website

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

How to hoist a Flag

Standard Flagpoles

Your Flag may be fitted with a rope and toggle, or clips for securing the flag. The Flag should form part of a continuous loop with the halyard rope on the flagpole. If the flag is fitted with a toggle, this will normally be fitted at the top of the flag.
Attach either end of the halyard to the top and bottom of the flag. Hoist by pulling on one end of the Halyard (ensuring that the flag is up the right way). When the flag is tight to the top of the pole, tie off the halyard that you used to hoist the flag with to the flagpole cleat, then pull the other end of the halyard tight and tie off as well (ensuring that the halyard is taught and secure).

Internal Halyard Flagpoles

The halyard is not a continuous loop on this type of flagpole. The end of the halyard rope that is on the outside of the pole should be attached to the top of the flag. To the bottom of the flag the security weight should be attached (which should be fitted around the pole). The flag should then be hoisted to the top of the pole by using the end of the halyard that is inside the pole and this should then be locked off before securing the locking door on the pole.

Portrait Flags

For portrait flags please ensure that the eyelets positioned down the hoist side of the flag are secured loosely to the flagpole (either with flag restraining loops or cable ties)। This will ensure that the flag flies correctly and does not put undue strain on your flagpole.

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