One of the most often asked questions in our industry is “How long will an outdoor flag last?”
To help you understand this question, please consider the following facts: Weather, airborne contamination, and treatment of a flag all play a major role in preservation or demise of a flag.
Major enemies of flags are wind, water, and sun. However, the single greatest cause of flag deterioration is carelessness. We cannot control the weather, but we can take care of the flag and prolong the length of it’s life. When snow, ice, sleet, freezing rain, or a high windstorm approaches, it is essential to take the flag down before the storm. Do not raise the flag until the storm has passed. Premature wear and tear of your flag could happen if the flag is left up during the storm including ripping and tearing.
Our flags are manufactured to give maximum service in return for reasonable care and sensible use. No two flags receive identical wear. Weather conditions vary and so does the life of each flag.
The best way we know how to stretch your flag dollar, is to to follow the above advice. You can also occasionally wash the flag in warm, mild-detergent water, and let the flag air dry thoroughly before storing. Always have a flag repaired at the first sign of fraying and have back-up flags, rotating them often.