A Complete Guide to Choosing the Right American Flag and Flagpole

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Who’s flying the American flag?

We Americans are a patriotic bunch, however, some of us show our pride more than others. It turns out that only 62% of Americans have an American flag on display at their home or office. Additionally, Americans that are 65 years or older are more likely to fly the flag when compared to Americans under the age of 30.

If you’re ready to show your patriotic side then this article’s for you. Whether you’re looking for a traditional American flagpole or an outrigger kit, you need to know what type of flagpole will work best for your home.

For instance, what type of flagpole materials can withstand the test of time? How tall should your flagpole be? By the time you’re done reading this article, you’ll know the answer to all of these questions, and more!

Read on to learn how to choose a flagpole, the right way.

Material and Color

The first thing you should consider is what type of material you want your flagpole to be made of. If you want a traditional-looking flagpole that is also affordable, aluminum is the way to go. When you’re choosing between the different types of aluminum poles, you’ll need to decide what color works best for your yard.

For instance, do you want a classic silver flagpole with a golden or brass top? Would your yard look better with a silver flagpole? Another way to go is black or bronze since the darker colors can help the American flag stand out. Once you know the material and color you want the flagpole to be, the next step is to pick the size you want.

American Flagpole Size

Moving on, most in-ground flagpoles are sized in 5-foot increments. For instance, you could have an in-ground flagpole that’s 15ft, 20 ft, or even 35 feet in height. Take a moment to stand in your front yard, and envision how tall you’d like the flag to be.

Do you want it to fly high above your house, or are you looking for a more modest display? Once you have an idea of what you’d like the installed flagpole to look like, it’ll be easier to choose the right size.

Installed Height

Keep in mind that the height of the flagpole can vary once the poles are fully installed. For instance, our 20-foot heavy-duty flagpole retains its full height after being put in the ground. Whereas other,  20-foot light duty poles have an installed height of 18.5 feet, once it’s in the ground.

Wind Speeds

Do you live in one of the windiest states in America? States like Wyoming, Michigan, and Montana are known for having wind speeds that regularly top 20 mph. The more wind you have in your state, the more durable you’ll need the flagpole to be.

While you’re perusing our flagpoles, you’ll notice that some are 20 feet tall, whereas others state they’re 20 ft LT. The LT is an abbreviation for light duty.

Our 20-foot light-duty flagpole can only withstand winds of up to 75 mph. However, the heavy-duty20-foot flagpole can withstand winds of up to 95 mph. If your state’s prone to storms or high winds, we suggest going with the heavy-duty 20 ft flagpole.


Accessories You’ll Need

Another thing to consider when you’re thinking about how to display an American flag is the type of accessories you might want. Although the Titan Telescoping Flagpole kit includes everything you need to properly fly your flag, you may want to add accessories such as:

  •       Titan Solar Light
  •       Sleeve Clamp
  •       Flash Collar

Also, don’t forget the pea gravel and concrete for your flagpole installation.

Ground Installation or Wall Mounts?

Putting your flagpole in the ground is a lot easier than you probably think it is. You can expect to spend about 1 hour to complete the installation from start to finish.

Durable Material

If you get a Titan Telescoping Flagpole kit, you’ll already have the ground sleeve you need for installation. The ground sleeve is made of strong, ABS plastic.

Unlike PVC pipes that can lose their integrity over time, ABS plastic can withstand even the harshest weather elements. After opening up your installation kit, you’ll need to dig a fence post hole. The fence post hole needs to be 28 inches deep and 14 inches in diameter.

What Doesn’t Come in the Kit

Next, you’ll need 240 pounds of concrete and a little bit of pea gravel. The concrete and pea gravel don’t come with our kit since the weight would make shipping prices too expensive.

Thankfully, you can easily buy concrete at your local home improvement store. The pea gravel will fill a 4-inch space at the base of the hole. Finally, follow the installation instructions that come with the kit, and you’ll be displaying an American flag in no time!

Outrigger Options

As you continue exploring the different types of poles for an American flag, you’ll notice there are outrigger options. Outrigger flagpoles are a great alternative to traditional in-ground flagpoles. An outrigger pole, or wall mount, attaches to the side of your home.

If you’re buying things piece by piece, you’ll need an outrigger mount, bracket, and mount rings. However, you can also opt for a Titan Outrigger kit that already has the accessories you’ll need, including an American flag! We find that outrigger kits are a great choice when you don’t have the yard space, or just prefer the aesthetics of mounting the flag on a wall.

Find Your American Flagpole

Now you know the ins and outs of choosing an American flagpole for your home! After reading this article, what type of pole do you want to buy? If you want a traditional, tall standing flag, in-ground poles are the way to go.

Check out our in-ground Titan Telescoping Flagpole kit today. Remember that our kits come with complete instructions that include easy-to-follow “how-to” pictures.  We also have excellent video resources that show the installation process as well.

Lastly, once you order your flagpole kit, go ahead and get the concrete you’ll need. That way when your kit arrives, you can start your installation immediately!


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