If you are considering getting your first flagpole or need to replace the one you already have, there are a lot of factors you need to take into consideration. There are many different styles, materials, and other features that are unique to each manufacturer. It’s easy to immediately get overwhelmed with all the choices at hand. But if you take the time and write down your options, it will become clear which few are best for you and your situation.
How Much Money Do You Plan to Spend?
There are a wide range of prices involved and some flagpoles that you see are designed for use in business, so they’re quite tall and have concrete bases to hold them tight in the strongest of storms. You’ll want to check with local regulations to see what the limits are for residential flagpole height.
Every municipality is going to be different and you don’t want to have to tear it down and start over because a neighbor complained. Plus, remember, just because a neighbor complains doesn’t mean they’re anti-flag or unpatriotic, but it may be blocking their view of the mountains, ocean or some other important scenery. Some places will have their building codes available online which will make it easier. Plus, you may have to buy a building permit in some areas so be aware of that. You should also become acquainted with the Federal Law on how to display the flag so that you are in compliance.
When figuring your budget, be sure to include all of the different charges like shipping and installation. Because they’re large and made of metal, it can cost quite a bit to ship them, and installation can cost as much as the pole you buy as well. If you aren’t having it professionally installed, you should at least study how deep the post needs to go and how much of a concrete footing you need to hold it in place so that it doesn’t blow over in the next strong wind.
Telescoping Flagpoles Are Easier to Ship
Years ago, most flagpoles were all one piece construction, but shipping them was incredibly expensive. Nowadays you can buy the telescoping flagpoles and sectional flagpoles that are easier in every way. They are much easier to erect than the one-piece pole and cheaper to buy too. If you have trouble raising and lowering your flag you should check into the telescoping pole since those make the job far easier.
But perhaps the biggest benefit is that telescoping flagpoles do not require ropes or chains to raise the flag. You simply slide each section of the pole up into place until it is fully raised. You won’t have to worry about tangled ropes or chains and you also won’t have the noise of them banging on the flagpole when it gets windy.
If you’re just getting started looking, you might want to drive through the neighborhood and see what others are doing. Ask them how they like their pole and how easy it is to raise and lower the flag on a daily basis. If it’s too difficult to do, you’ll find yourself skipping the task on many days and that’s not why you wanted it in the first place. It’s also a good idea to read the online reviews so that you get a wide variety of opinions before you decide.