How to find the BEST flag for you?

Do you need a flag but are confused by all the choices out there? Start here to learn all your options.

At FlagDesk, it is important to us that our flags meet our standards. That is why all flags at are made in USA, lock-stitched, UV treated, and finished with a strong canvas header or pole-hem with liner and leather tab. In addition, we adhere to specific government standards for construction and color (Three official Old Glory colors / O.G. RED, O.G. WHITE & O.G. Blue fabric). We just like people who fly flags, because flag flyers are the back-bone of our communities and deserve a flag that doesn't cut corners, but comes ready to perform. We will get into these types of finished later.

Outdoors US Flags

Flags finished for outdoor use have been tested for durability against fraying and fading. Whether you want to fly at 20 feet or 200 feet, we have tested flags finished to meet your needs. And we are coming up with improvements every day!

Indoor US Flags

Indoor US Flags are perfect for parades or conference rooms. We work with consulates all over the world to create some of the most beautiful indoor displays.

Step 1:

Choose Your Flag Size

Outdoor Flags (Heading, Grommets And/Or Thimbles)
Flag Size Flagpole Height Flag Size Flagpole Height
3' x 5' 20' 8' x 12' 45'
4' x 6' 25' 10' x 15' 50'
5' x 8' 30' 12' x 18' 60'
6' x 10' 35' 15' x 25' 70'
8' x 12' 40' 20' x 30' 80'

The following charts show the appropriate ratio between flag size and flagpole height. If you know the height of your flagpole, the corresponding flag size will look great. However, there are exceptions. For example, if the flagpole is in an area with heavy wind, you may want to go down a flag size. During holidays and special events, flying a flag one size bigger will help draw attention.

Indoor Flags (With Pole Hem and/or Fringe)
Flag Size Pole Height
2' x 3' 7'
3' x 5' 8' *Most Common
4' x 6' 9'
5' x 8' 11'

If you have a set already, measure the length of the pole (wooden or aluminum) and compare tot he chart shown above. If you are buying a complete set, make sure the height of the ceiling in the space the display is standing is tall enough. Add a foot and a half (18 inches) to the pole length to be sure the display will fit.

Step 2:

Choose your Fabric

For outdoor flags, there are two types of fabric: Nylon and Polyester. Let's look at the differences.

Nylon material is the most popular for US Flags due to its luster and light weight. It is the standard for municipalities and schools. Our Nylon is made from 100% heavyweight, 200-denier. Even though it is light weight, it has a very high tensile strength. Our nylon spends longer in the dye process to give a richer color brilliance and the SolarMax UV treatment help ensure those colors stay all season long.

Polyester Whether you noticed your nylon flag frays too quickly, or you just know you are in a heavy wind location, polyester was developed to give you longer flag life. Considerably heavy than its nylon counterpart, polyester is a woven (cotton-like) material with 18-guage two-ply ring spun fibers that have a warp strength of 195 lbs/per square inch and a fill strength of 190 lbs/per square inch. What does that mean? This flag will contest with even your harshest climates. Longer flag life means better value and less management.

All indoor flags use Nylon material. The nylon flag is specially finished so the pole-hem is made of the same nylon material with a nylon insert for support. This gives a clean, uniform look.

Step 4:

Flag Finishing

As you know, indoor flags have a pole hem. The pole hem has a liner and a leatherette tab. So the following chart focuses on outdoor flag treatments because they vary greatly depending on size. Nylon and Polyester are treated the with the some additional features which help strengthen the flag. These flags now have an option to be reinforced. More on that later.

# of
# of
# of
Snaps Req.
Snap Size
Embroidered /
Fly End
Rows of
3' x 5' 0 2 2 3" Embroidered 4
4' x 6' 0 2 2 3" Embroidered 4
5' x 8' 0 2 2 3" Embroidered 4
5' x 9-1/2' 0 2 2 3" Embroidered 4
6' x 10' 0 2 2 3-1/2" Embroidered 6
8' x 12' 2 1 3 3-1/2" Embroidered 6
10' x 15' 2 1 3 3-3/4" Appliqued 6
10' x 19' 2 1 3 3-3/4" Appliqued 6
12' x 18' 2 1 3 3-3/4" Appliqued 6
15' x 25' 2 3 5 4-3/4" Appliqued 6
20' x 30' 2 3 5 4-3/4" Appliqued 6
20' x 38' 2 3 5 4-3/4" Appliqued 6
30' x 50' 2 7 9 4-3/4" Appliqued 8
30' x 60' 2 7 9 4-3/4" Appliqued 8
50' x 80' 2 9 11 4-3/4" Appliqued 8
Fold Stitching on
Top / Bot.
Stitching on
Vert. Stitching Tacking on
3' x 5' 1" 3-1/2" 1-1/2" NO NO
4' x 6' 1" 3-1/2" 1-1/2" NO NO
5' x 8' 1" 3-1/2" 1-1/2" NO NO
5' x 9-1/2' 1" 3-1/2" 1-1/2" NO NO
6' x 10' 1-1/4" 5-1/2" 1-1/2" NO NO
8' x 12' 1-1/2" 5-1/2" 1-1/2" YES NO
10' x 15' 1-1/2" 5-1/2" 1-1/2" YES NO
10' x 19' 1-1/2" 5-1/2" 1-1/2" YES NO
12' x 18' 1-1/2" 5-1/2" 1-1/2" YES YES
15' x 25' 1-1/2" 12" 1-1/2" YES YES
20' x 30' 1-1/2" 12" 1-1/2" YES YES
20' x 38' 1-1/2" 12" 1-1/2" YES YES
30' x 50' 2" 12" 1-1/2" YES YES
30' x 60' 2" 12" 1-1/2" YES YES
50' x 80' 2" 12" 1-1/2" YES YES

There is more: Get it reinforced!

Reinforced US Flags!

Nylon Reinforced for strong winds and storms. It works when you need a flag that fly's well but also lasts long.

Polyester II Reinforced for when you need a bullet proof version of the flag, able to fly the harshest conditions. If you live in coastal areas or areas with very harsh weather conditions, you may need a Polyester II Reinforced Flag.

The chart on the right goes into more detail on the fly-end of the flags. From 12" x 18" to 25' x 40', each flag has individualized reinforcement for maximum flag life. If you look around, you'll notice flags have predictable wear points. It all comes down to where the stress is and how it is dispersed or absorbed. A well made flag has nothing to do with how long it lasts, but how it weathers.

From working with flag flyers across the country, we've found passionate people who have gone through a wide range of options and come up without a solution to improve their flag's life. Once they try our reinforced US flag, they never look back. Sometimes, what's important is saving time, and other times, what's important is saving money. Reinforced flags do both because you fly fewer flags per year and you get less hassle replacing the flag.

The flag is what you make out of it.

Reinhforced fly -end flag chart