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The Lifetime of a Flag Varies Greatly

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How Long A Flag Lasts Depends on Many Factors

American Flag

There is no definite answer to this question.


How long any flag will last depends on:

1 - The material it is made from

2 - Local weather and temperatures

3 - Where you fly your flag
4 - It's location related to buildings, trees and structures 

5 - Airborne contamination

6 - Exposure to the sun 
7 - How often you fly your flag

8 - Local wind speed

You flag is a piece of fabric that works very, very hard for you. Through its lifetime, your flag shakes, trembles, drapes, snaps, chafes, bakes, freezes, ripples, flutters, furls, twists, flaps, strains, flies, unfurls and hangs. It is up there in fog, sun, rain, snow, sleet and hail. It flutters, waves, snaps and trembles no matter how wet, cold, frozen, hot or dry it is. Is it any wonder that a flag that flies continuously needs replacing two or three times a year or more often? Wind, water, sun, contamination and carelessness are the major enemies of a flag.

No one can control the weather but you can take important steps to lengthen the life of your flag. Occasionally washing your flag in warm detergent and water will prevent pollutants and dirt from weakening the fabric and help lengthen its life. If you take down your flag, make sure it is dry and clean before storing it.  This will prevent mildew and color transfer. At the first sign of fraying, have your flag repaired before further damage is done.

Always keep your flagpole as clean as possible and move your pole if your flag does not have adequate room to fly unobstructed. If there are nearby trees, keep them trimmed so that they do not interfere with the flying of your flag. If your flag flies from a building or porch railing, make sure it cannot catch on rough parts of the building, roofing or nearby greenery. All of these protective measures will lengthen the life of your flag.

Enjoy your flag. Take pride in it and it will serve you well.

When You Are Ready To Replace Your Flag...

Be sure to Retire Your Worn or Tattered U.S. Flag with Respect.
If you are unsure how to retire your flag, consult our page on Flag Retirement.
Flag Retirement

If You Need a New American Flag...

Try One of These Pages

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America's Number 1 Choice for U.S. Flags - Endura-Nylon bunting offers superior wear and flyability. This trademarked blend of 200 denier nylon,  gives superior UV-resistance. Nylon's popular price combined with its reputation for durability, makes Nylon U.S. Flags an outstanding value. Our Nylon American Flags are available in 15 sizes, all have sewn stripes and embroidered or appliquéd stars.
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Poly-Max United States Flags - Poly-Max is a trademarked blend of polyester bunting, which reduces wind resistance, lessens abrasion and increases flag life - ideal for industrial and institutional applications. Poly-Max polyester U.S. flags are designed specifically for the most discriminating customer - available in 15 sizes. All polyester flags have sewn stripes and embroidered or appliquéd stars.
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