It seems like every day we see an increase in the number of residential flag poles in our neighborhoods. These poles are made in a variety of materials such as wood, fiberglass, aluminum and stainless steel.
Some individuals choose aluminum flag poles for their homes because they are relatively light weight and inexpensive. If you decide to go this route consider anodized aluminum. This is a treatment to protect the aluminum from weather damage and corrosion from environmental pollution.
Residential poles are generally between 20 and 35 feet in height and can be purchased as a sectional, telescoping or one piece pole with an external halyard system. The halyard system is the mechanism that is used to raise and lower the flag.
You need to decide on whether you want a flag pole set in a ground sleeve or a wall mount flag pole which can be placed on the side of your house, porch or garage. It is easy to take down in the evening and put up again the next morning or you may choose to leave it up 24-7. In that case you need to have a light shining on the flag from dusk to dawn (sunset to sunrise). The flag should also be taken down during inclement weather, especially high winds that can tear the flag.
If you choose an in ground flag pole you may want to consider having it professionally installed since a hole has to be dug and cement poured to hold the ground sleeve in place. This is especially important if your pole is taller than twenty feet.
You may want to consider getting a rotating pole that will spin in the wind and keep the flag from getting tangled around the top of the flag pole and tearing itself to shreds.