Flags have been a symbol of allegiance for more than 3,000 years. If you’ve got strong feelings about your country, it’s only fair to show those feelings. A residential flagpole can serve as a symbol of your loyalty or service.
Of course, if it were as simple as sticking a flagpole into your lawn and calling it good, everyone would do it. Getting a yard flagpole up takes time and research.
Reading this step-by-step guide will get you well on your way. The process shouldn’t give you any trouble. Getting your yard flagpole ready is our business.
Rules and Regulations
Different states have different rules on the size of flagpole installations. In Florida, for instance, you can erect a 20-foot flagpole on your property without restriction. Many municipal codes mirror these flagpole requirements, but stay on the safe side and look into it first.
Even if your state or municipality uses different regulations, your homeowner’s association may have more. HOAs usually can’t stop you from putting up a compliant flagpole at the minimum height, but they might have their own secondary restrictions regarding the placement or maximum height.
If you live near a major fixture, such as a power line or an airport, your options might be limited. Flagpoles in these areas have restrictions on height, lighting, and position.
A residential flagpole needs to stand at the right height for the property. Most of the time, this means you’re looking at a 20-foot flagpole. If you’ve got a three-story house, though, you might want to go higher. Too big or too-small flagpoles look silly and might cause insurance problems.
Think about how many flags you plan to fly, too. Will you stick to just Old Glory, or do you have a second flag you want to fly? Regardless of your answer, you’ll want to keep it in mind when you start looking at heights.
If you don’t have the space in your yard for a proper flagpole, consider a house mount instead. House mount poles attach to the side of a building with screws and allow easy display without quite as much fuss. The rest of the article will cover in-ground flagpoles, though.
You want to pick both a height and a location that’ll make it easy to see the flag from as many angles as possible. Depending on your neighborhood layout, you might not see it from everywhere, but you’re looking for good viewing angles.
Residential Flagpole Materials
You squared everything away with the homeowner’s association. You found a good spot in your yard. Now you can start making real decisions instead of just ticking boxes.
Most flagpoles use either aluminum or fiberglass as a primary material. Neither material makes for a better flagpole in all circumstances. Your landscape will shape the pick.
An aluminum pole gives you strength and ease of maintenance in one clean-looking package. You won’t have to spend a lot of time and effort maintaining it either.
A fiberglass pole, meanwhile, comes with a scratch-resistant coating and makes for an easy installation. Fiberglass poles don’t weigh much.
If neither appeals, consider a stainless steel pole. Steel weighs much more than either of the other options, but nothing matches its strength and durability. The installation could prove difficult, but if you live somewhere with wild weather, the strength can give you greater peace of mind.
Still not sure? An aluminum flagpole will usually serve you best if you don’t have any other ideas. It might not offer the strength of steel or the ease of fiberglass, but an aluminum pole will be the most reliable.
Just like with material, you should spend some time thinking about the type of construction you want. Common flagpole types include sectional, telescoping, and one-piece.
A one-piece flagpole lacks portability but makes up for it with strength. No segmentation makes them stand up to the elements much better than the others.
A sectional flagpole offers a relatively seamless look, but some benefit from being lighter-weight and more portable. These serve as a solid compromise pick.
Finally, telescoping flagpoles give you the best portability. By using an interlocking sleeve system, they collapse into themselves readily. Use these if you’re looking for something you can transport.
Make a Statement
Know the laws, pick a good spot, and do your research on the right pole. If you do that, you should have a flagpole that will stand up to the elements while it stands for something.
Once you have that good to go, you can do a lot. Do you want accessories and lights? A distinctive flagpole topper?
No matter what you decide you want for your residential flagpole, we’ll get you set up with something that looks right and shows everyone exactly where you stand. Take a look at our accessories and see what you like.
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