A fresh coat of paint, a clean, manicured lawn, freshly trimmed hedges; what could be missing from this picture? A flagpole, of course! Nothing could boost your home’s appearance and show your patriotism like a flagpole. But there are so many options out there, how do you choose one that will stand tall and proud? We’ve compiled some information that will help you choose the best telescoping residential flagpole for your yard. So read on to learn how to get your favorite flag flying high in front of your home.
Height of Flagpole
One of the first things you’ll want to consider when shopping around for the best residential flagpole is the height of the pole. Once you have the spot in your yard picked out for your new flagpole, make sure the area is clear of overhead branches and wires.
The location of your flagpole is important, as it should be a prominent feature of your lawn and should be visible from all angles.
When selecting the height of your flagpole, take into consideration the height of your home. A 15′ or 20′ flagpole will work for a single-story home and a 20′ or 25′ flagpole will look excellent against a two to three-story home.
The Best Telescoping Residential Flagpole Is Made of the Best Materials
You have a quality home, so why skimp out and install an inferior flagpole in front of it? You should only consider flagpoles made from the highest quality material as they will be more durable, look better, and last the longest.
The most popular material for telescoping flagpoles is aluminum. Fiberglass and stainless steel are alternative options that may work for you as well. If you want a maintenance-free flagpole that stays clean and looks new for years to come, aluminum is the way to go. Aluminum flagpoles are lightweight and provide the best bang for your buck.
Fiberglass flagpoles usually are coated in a glossy gel-coat, which looks nice but can weather over time. Fiberglass flagpoles are a little heavier too, which is an important factor if you’ll be raising and lowering your flagpole daily.
Ease of Installation
The last thing you want happening in your yard is for your flagpole to topple over in a strong windstorm. Improper installation is unsafe and has the potential to cause serious damage to you and your property.
Installing a flagpole isn’t too difficult and can be done over a single weekend. All you’ll need is a shovel, a wheelbarrow (for mixing cement), a level, a trowel, cement mix, and pea gravel to place in the base of the hole for proper drainage.
Your hole will hold a ground sleeve or PVC tube which you will then place your flagpole into. This way your flagpole is not cemented into the ground and it can be completely removed when necessary.
For more detail on the installation procedure, check out our installation instructions on how to properly set up a telescoping flagpole.
When searching through the different residential flagpole types you’ll notice retailers touting the sturdiness of their flagpoles. And for good reason! You’ll want your flag to stand tall and proud no matter what mother nature throws at it. A strong windstorm can break a weak flagpole in half, so look for one that will hold up to the elements.
There are a couple of factors you can use to determine the sturdiness of a flagpole; wall thickness of the aluminum and the base diameter.
Wall thickness will tell you how strong and resistant to bending your flagpole is. The thicker the material, the sturdier the flagpole. The wind will put more force on your flagpole if you are flying a heavy-duty flag, too. Look for products that list the wall thickness and offer a wind rating.
Base diameter is the diameter of the pole on the end that is inserted into the ground. A wider base will provide more stability to the entire pole and will be stronger against high winds. If you live in an area that is prone to high winds, base diameter is something not to be overlooked.
Country of Manufacture
I don’t know about you, but it only seems right to fly the stars and stripes on a flagpole that has been manufactured right here in the good old US of A.
The USA is still the leader in manufacturing, responsible for producing 18.2% of the world’s goods. It only makes sense to take that into consideration when shopping for your flagpole.
While there may be foreign imports out there that are of good quality, the materials and craftsmanship usually tend to be shoddy.
Kit vs Non-Kit
The best residential flagpole should come packaged in a kit that has everything you need to get your flag up and flying as fast as possible. Buying a kit will ensure that you’ll have all of the components you need for the installation and construction of your new flagpole.
Buying a flagpole piece by piece can be confusing. Especially if you have never assembled or installed a telescoping flagpole before. Kits take the guesswork out of the equation and save time on researching components. This way your time can be better spent researching things like proper flag etiquette.
What Should Come in a Good Kit?
The best kit should include a pre-assembled telescoping pole, ground sleeve, hardware for flying your flag, a flagpole topper such as a gold ball, installation instructions, and a premium flag.
Purchasing your kit from a reputable company will also ensure that they provide a warranty should anything be defective.
Are You Ready to Purchase the Best Residential Telescoping Flagpole on the Market?
Finding the best telescoping residential flagpole isn’t so hard when you know what to look for. Remember to look for a flagpole made from sturdy, high-quality materials, that’s easy to install and comes ready to go with everything you need.
If you have any questions regarding materials, installation, or other flagpole options please don’t hesitate to contact us!