FLAGPOLE BUYING TIPS
Factors for Flagpole Purchase
Buying a flagpole doesn’t have to be a complicated and confusing decision. Carrot-Top has over 35 years of experience guiding customers through the flagpole buying process. Whether your flag and flagpole display is for a home, business, government agency, church or another organization, Carrot-Top is an industry leader in helping customers select, purchase and install the finest flagpoles based on the following criteria.
Generally, your flagpole should be at least 5’-10’ taller than your surroundings to:
- Avoid wind blockage
- Provide a greater visual impact
Butt Diameter & Wall Thickness
Butt diameter and wall thickness are two critical aspects to your flagpole's structural integrity, stability and ability to stand up to high winds:
- Butt Diameter is diameter at the base or bottom of the pole
- Wall thickness is the thickness of the shaft
The chart details maximum wind gusts in the different regions of the U.S. When you select your flagpole, please consider the conditions for your local environment and please remember that your flagpole's wind ratings are for when there is no flag flying. This information is intended for use when purchasing an in-ground installed flagpole only.
If you are interested in a vertical or outrigger wall-mounted pole, please call us at (800)628-3524 for assistance.
The flagpole’s height, butt diameter and wall thickness determine the maximum size flag it can handle. Each flagpole has a corresponding recommended flag size. In order to determine the right flag sizes when displaying multiple flags on the same flagpole, please contact Carrot-Top's customer service center at 800-628-3524. Note: Flagpole sizes indicated below are based on a nylon flag being flown in light to moderate winds.
Be sure to account for the material of your flag as polyester flags are heavier than nylon flags. Carrot-Top recommends flying polyester flags on our Majestic™ Architectural, Majestic™ Extreme and Fiberglass flagpoles. Consult our Flag Etiquette Page for guidelines on how to display the American flag.
The material of a flagpole refers to the type of material used in its construction. Our flagpoles are available in three materials: aluminum, gel-coated fiberglass and steel.
Aluminum is the most commonly used metal for flagpoles because it's lighter than steel, cannot rust like steel and it works well in both commercial and residential settings.
A flagpole’s finish is the surface appearance or look of the flagpole. Finish options for aluminum flagpoles include Satin, clear and colored anodized. Anodized aluminum has been subjected to a chemical/electrical process that bonds the finish to the metal at the molecular level; it's common for products like outdoor furniture, handrails, metal roofing materials and automotive components. Select the color of your finish to coordinate with the aesthetics of nearby buildings, or choose anodized for coastal locations.
Natural, brushed aluminum finish attained by sanding the exterior with specially formulated abrasives
- A bare metal finish; brightness will soften over time
- Most popular finish for a flagpole
- Low-maintenance, long-lasting
Coated via a chemical/electrical treatment which bonds to metal
- Slightly duller than the polished Satin finish
- Rust and corrosion resistant
- Guards against fading due to normal climatic exposure
- Added protection for coastal environments; protects against pitting or oxidation of the pole
- Color options include Clear, Bronze, and Black
Gel Coated Fiberglass
Fiberglass flagpoles have exceptional strength and feature a high-quality gel coat finish that allows the flagpole to retain its pristine appearance for a lifetime.
- Resistant to sun, moisture and corrosion
- Safe; non-conductive material
- Withstands high winds
Steel flagpoles are made from carbon steel pipe or tube. Please call our Customer Care Center for purchasing information on these flagpoles as they are not listed on our site. Carrot-Top reserves these flagpoles for orders where a 90' or taller flagpole is required.
Halyard system refers to the manner and location of the rope or wire that allows the flag to be raised and lowered. When choosing a design for your flagpole display placement of the halyard should be an important consideration.
Internal halyard systems
Rope or wire cable system to raise and lower flag is inside the flagpole and not readily accessible
- Revolutionary design
- Tamper proof; prevents theft
- Mechanism is secured behind a lockable panel at base of flagpole
- Features a clean look
- Top-of- the -line option
External Halyard Systems
External halyard systems entail a rope system that runs down the outside of the flagpole and is fastened using a cleat. These flagpoles utilize flagpole trucks with an exposed pulley and rope halyard.
- Most economical poles for a wide range of weather conditions
- Traditional and popular method for raising and lowering flag
- Upgrades such as heavy- duty truck, double halyard systems available
The type of installation you select may be influenced by your location, civic ordinances or restrictions and the aesthetic look you desire for your display. Ground Set, Shoe Base, Hinged-Based and Wall Mounted are all options for installation of your flagpole.
Ground Set, or in-ground, is the strongest and most common form of flagpole installation.
- 10% of the flagpole’s height is embedded below ground in a concrete foundation
- Our Flagpoles' listed height reflects the above-ground height after installation
Shoe Base installation involves a support structure and hardware, which normally includes a set of anchor bolts, embedded into an area of concrete.
- A great option when above ground installation is required
- Flagpoles with a butt diameter of 3” or larger may be installed with Shoe Base
For questions or to purchase Shoe Base flagpoles contact our Customer Care Center.
Hinged-Based or Tiltng Flagpole installation is a design that includes a hinged-base attachment installed into the ground, allowing them to be lowered and laid flat on the ground.
- Reduced cost of servicing the flagpole accessories
- Strong and resistant to high winds
- Most hinged-base flagpoles are counterbalanced so they can easily be lowered or raised by one person
Wall Mounted Flagpole Installation is a design where an external halyard flagpole is mounted vertically or at an angle to the side of a building.
- Includes a bracket and hardware for mounting; brackets are available in several designs to match the aesthetics of a building facade
- A great option for urban areas or locations where space is at a premium
Call (800) 628-3524 for greater details or assistance when purchasing a flagpole. Representatives in our Customer Care Center are waiting to speak with you.
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