Nylon - Majority of Canadian made flags are made of heavyweight nylon as this material offers the best combination of presentation, performance and value. For locations which do not tend to be very windy, standard weight nylon (70d Nylon) works well as it flies in the gentlest of breezes, washes well in the rain and has excellent image qualities. For windier locations and superior performance, high tenacity heavyweight nylon flags with rip-stop capability (HW Nylon/210d Nylon) are a better option. All our nylon flags are made in North America, majority of them being made in Canada.
Standard Weight (70 denier) Nylon
Heavyweight (200-210 denier) Nylon
Knitted Polyester - Polyknit / Duraknit / Durapoly - Knitted polyester has a loose weave which withstands heavy winds. Polyester has the advantage of being cheaper than nylon however nylon tends to wash cleaner in the rain. Our knitted polyester flags are made in Canada.
Econo-Polyester - Popular material for flags to be displayed indoors and for short term outdoor use at a very affordable price. Econo-polyester flags are made in China and Taiwan and are usually finished with 2 grommets.
Rope and Toggle - Toggle is at the top of the flag, with a rope running through the sleeve (which is sewn closed) and rope comes out of the bottom of the flag. This allows the flag to be attached to a clip, ring or loop at the top of your flagpole halyard (rope), and the rope at the bottom of the flag can be tied to a clip or counter weight. The best finish for windy locations.
Grommets - A grommet (eyelet) is placed at the top and bottom of the flag sleeve/header tape. Allows the flag to be clipped or tied to a flag halyard or attached to an unfurler tube with zipties. NOTE: If the flag you would like to purchase is only available with a rope and toggle and you would like grommets, let us know when you order (fill in the Other Info field) and we will install them for you at no extra charge.
ARE YOUR FLAGS MADE IN CANADA?
All our custom flags are made in Canada as well as our stock nylon flags, except for the 2'x3' size which are mostly made in the USA. Our econo-polyester flags are made in Asia. Our premium stick flags are made in the USA, econo stick flags are made in China.
WHAT SIZE FLAG SHOULD I BUY FOR MY POLE?
The following are typical flag sizes recommended:
4ft Outrigger Pole - 18"x36"
6ft Outrigger Pole - 27"x54"
8ft+Outrigger Pole - 36"x72"
20ft-30ft Ground Set Pole - 36"x72"
30ft-35ft Ground Set Pole - 54"x108"
40ft-45ft Ground Set Pole - 72"x144"
Check manufacturers specifications for recommended flags sizes as tolerances vary between different makes of pole and location of pole should also be considered.
HOW LONG WILL MY FLAG LAST?
Forever if you are putting it in a shadow box but the lifespan of a flag flown outside is affected by location, weather factors and airborne contamination. Your hard working flag shakes, trembles, drapes, snaps, chafes, bakes, freezes, ripples, flutters, furls, unfurls, twists, flaps, strains and flies! Regardless of how well a flag is constructed, a flag is , after all, a piece of cloth and will sooner or later succumb to the elements.
You cannot control the weather but you can take steps to maximize the life of your flag:
1) Where possible, unflag at night. Tests have shown that flags taken down overnight can last up to 4 times longer than those left up;
2) Where possible, unflag when winds in excess of 60km/h are forecast (this will also preserve your flagpole);
3) Occasionally wash the flag in warm detergent water to remove pollutants which can damage the fibres;
4) Always let the flag dry thoroughly (spread out) before storing it to prevent mildew or colour transfer;
5) Inspect your flag regularly for signs of wear. At the first sign of fraying, have your flag repaired before further damage is done;
6) Ensure your flag has adequate room to fly without making contact with other objects eg. tree branches.
WHAT TYPE OF ARTWORK FILE DO I NEED TO HAVE A CUSTOM FLAG OR BANNER MADE?
For best results we require .ai or .eps files in vector (rescalable) format. For accurate colour reproduction we require Pantone (PMS) numbers for each colour being used. If a vector file is not available then a high resolution JPEG or TIFF file may also be useable. We can redraw artwork in a printable file format for a fee. Price varies according to complexity of the graphics.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE A CUSTOM FLAG OR BANNER MADE?
Average time is 2-3 weeks depending on the time of year.
WHAT METHODS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
We accept Visa, Mastercard or American Express credit cards only online. When submitted, your credit card information is encrypted on secure servers. We do not charge your card until your order is ready for shipping. Credit card information is erased once orders have been processed.
WHAT IS CANADIAN FLAG PROTOCOL?
Click the following link for information regarding flag protocol on the Government of Canada's website: Government of Canada - Rules for Flying the Nations Flags