First, you need to determine the height and material of the pole. Second, you need to decide if you want a ground sleeve or surface mount. Finally, you need to select the right type of bracket for your installation.
Most poles are between 15 and 30 feet tall, but the size will depend on the area where the pole will be installed. If the pole will be placed in an open field, a taller pole may be needed so that the flag will be visible from a distance. If the pole will be installed near a building or other structure, a shorter pole may be sufficient.
Poles are typically made from aluminum, wood, or fiberglass. Aluminum poles are the most popular choice because they are lightweight and durable. Wood poles are also a popular choice because they have a traditional look. Fiberglass poles are less common, but they offer the advantage of being non-conductive, making them a good choice for areas where lightning is a concern.
Another important consideration is how the pole will be installed. Ground sleeves are placed in concrete underground and the pole is then inserted into the sleeve. This type of installation is permanent and provides the stability needed to support a large flag. Surface mounts are attached to a flat surface using bolts or screws. This type of installation is less permanent and may not be able to support a very large flag.
Once you have selected the height, material, and installation method for your pole, you need to choose the right type of bracket. The most common type of bracket is the grommet style, which has two holes near the top of the pole for attaching the flag. Another option is the sleeve style bracket, which slides over the top of the pole and has a hole in the center for attaching the flag. Whichever type of bracket you choose, make sure it is made from a durable material that can withstand wind and weather.
Some poles have a pulley system that allows you to raise and lower the flag without any assistance.
If you choose a pole that requires you to raise and lower the flag manually, make sure to choose a size that can be lowered by one person.
Most poles will list this information in the specifications section of their product description. typically used with grommet or sleeve style brackets.
If you don’t want your pole out all year, it is easy to store your flag pole for winter months or when it is not being used for an extended period of time. Ground sleeves should be filled with sand or gravel to prevent the pole from shifting and causing damage to the surface it is installed on. If you have a surface mount installation, simply unscrew the bracket and store the pole somewhere dry.
In conclusion, it is important to consider your needs and the location where you want to display your flag.