Basic Flagpole Considerations


A flagpole can add a statuesque focal point to a landscaping project. While no standard parameters need to be followed when installing a flagpole, you'll want to find that one that is best suited to your environment and can best support the weight of the flag. Procuring a flagpole isn't difficult, neither is maintaining it, but features such as the pole height, diameter, material and color need to be considered. 

1. Finances

Taller, thicker flagpoles cost more money. Flagpoles retailed as a part of a kit along with installation utilities like flag pole brackets tend to cost a bit more than standalone, commercial poles.

2. Appearance

Different material and color options will make different kinds of statements.

  • Poles made from cast aluminum, i.e. flash-collar poles, are a more contemporary, stylish and expensive option.
  • Plain-painted poles are much cheaper and more commonly available.
  • Colored poles with anti-rust staining are preferred as a low-maintenance option.
  • Homemade flagpoles offer a rustic, personalized appeal.

3. Size

The size of the pole you purchase should be determined based on the following criteria.

  • Surrounding wall height: higher buildings require taller poles
  • Presence of low-profile roof: requires lower poles
  • Landscaping features: If your garden has tall trees, taller and thicker poles are better

4. Strength

If you plan to hang bigger flags, choose a flagpole with a thicker stem that will accommodate the additional weight. Consider the following criteria.

  • Wind velocities near your home
  • The size of the flag that you plan to hang
  • Extreme temperature changes that can affect the pole strength

5. Installation Needs

Before purchasing a retail flagpole, ask the following questions:

  • Does the pole require specific soil conditions like dry soil bed?
  • Can it be affected by too much water in the underground soil?
  • Can it be installed in compacted soil?