How To Choose The right In Ground Flagpole
IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLAGPOLES AND THE MANY OPTIONS AND FINISHES AVAILABLE, THIS INFORMATION WILL HELP YOU!
HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT FLAGPOLE TO FIT YOUR PERSONAL NEEDS.
Purchasing a new flagpole can be frustrating as well as confusing. We are here to help you through the process. No high pressure, just good honest information. Feel free to call us. You will actually talk to a real American human being!
There are basically 2 types of aluminum rust free flagpoles. They are residential, commercial. Commercial-grade flagpoles are designed for both business and residential use. They are more durable than most residential flagpoles. Commercial flagpoles will generally last decades. Now, something new! We can now offer two USA built Telescoping flagpoles that rank with the commercial grades. They are the Titan and TelePole brands. Both have the strength to fly 2 flags and will take 95 mph winds. The TelePole will even accept some accessories not flag related, such as antennas or bird houses weighing 10 pounds or less.
MOST RESIDENTIAL FLAGPOLES are sectional or telescoping and range in height from 6 feet to 30 feet. Almost 99% of these 16 gauge flagpoles are foreign made. Most foreign flagpoles have no warranty and no wind ratings. The sectional flagpole sections are coupled by means of a swaged (Tapered) end that fits into the larger end of the next section. Some use tapered sections to resemble a commercial flagpole. The pole thickness is measured in gauge. The larger the gauge number the thinner the tubular wall thickness. The absolute minimum to look for is 16 gauge. The thickest we have found is an 10 gauge pole. Most residential flagpoles will not withstand 20 MPH wind gusts while flying a flag or 25 MPH without a flag. Tele-Pole has just introduced 9 new commercial grade sectional flagpoles made in America. They are 11 and 10 gauge and available in 3 heights and 3 diameters, 2", 2.4" and 2.75" including total lengths of 17’, 23’ and 28’. They come with a 15 year warranty covering even weather damage. If a section bends it will be replaced with only shipping charges to the owner.
THE COMMERCIAL-GRADE FLAGPOLES are generally single-section but taller ones, over 35', may have 2 or even 3 and 4 sections. Available in two operating systems. Least costly is the external rope and most popular. The other is an internal rope system operated with a cam cleat or the more deluxe winch and crank assembly. All are tapered from the base end to the top. The smallest is 3 inches at the base narrowing to less than 2 inches at the top. The thinnest has a 1/8th inch sidewall thickness which is about an 8 gauge flagpole. These flagpoles are too long and too heavy to be shipped by FedEx or UPS. A trucking company will handle the delivery which is the reason for the higher shipping costs. In all cases the shipping on the web site or eBay is included in the price for the lower 48 States. ebay must charge sales tax on most US states. We are obligated to collect sales tax only for Virginia sales. These flagpoles more expensive than a residential flagpole but will withstand up to 175 MPH hurricane force winds and will be the last flagpole you will ever need. All are made in the USA and ours carry a lifetime shaft warranty.
COMMERCIAL GRADE FLAGPOLE FINISHES WILL EFFECT PRICE. HERE ARE THE FOUR AVAILABLE FINISHES.
1. Satin. Base price finish. Smooth but not glossy as is the anodized finish.
2. Clear Anodized is a very smooth finish applied to the Satin option.
3. Bronze/Black Anodized. Smooth finish available in several degrees of bronze tone. This is the top of the line finish.
4. Powder coat. Unlike the anodized, this is applied on top of the flagpole surface. Many rainbow colors available.
Anodizing your flagpole results in the finish becoming part of the flagpole metal and not just a laid on finish. This makes it pretty much impervious to weather and salty seaside installations.
TELESCOPING FLAGPOLES offer convenience and flexibility over most sectionals or commercial but most are pretty weak. Here are 2 shining exceptions! Both are built in the USA by the TITAN and Tele-Pole companies. The Titans have a proven track record, carry a great lifetime warranty and boast a 95+ MPH wind rating. The Tele-Pole is a 10 gauge with a 3 ½” base. The Titan is a 12 gauge flagpole with a 3" base on the 20' and 25' poles. The 15' Titan has a 2.5" base and is 14 gauge. If you can't quite see your way clear to purchase a one piece flagpole, these two telescoping flagpoles are most certainly a VERY close second!! Both are great flagpoles! Telepoles can be easily converted to a Halyard system and even made into a NAUTICAL flagpole with a conversion kit at a later date. Telepole offers a 15 year factory warranty
FLAG SIZE will be another factor you must consider. Generally speaking the flag height should not exceed 20 percent of the flagpole height. For example, a 4' X 6' flag would be safe on a sturdy 20' 12 gauge flagpole. It will look balanced and not endanger the flagpole. A flag too large, over 3X5', will bring a 16 gauge residential flagpole to the ground in a hurry even with a 10 to 15 mph wind gust. Please remember that most foreign residential flagpoles carry no warranty at all.
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