Flags for Summer Events

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Strömblads-flaggstänger-flagga-1Summer season is party season. The fine weather makes for exciting outdoor activities. Music festivals, beach parties and tons of other fun events are in plenty. It is truly the season for anyone who wants to party. Flags are part of these festivities. These seemingly simple ornaments make the atmosphere of events festive. The energy of the flags dancing in the wind is contagious. No outdoor event is complete without these staple ornaments.

Selecting a flag for an upcoming summer event is not as straightforward as it may seem. There several factors to consider. The size, material, design and flag accessories require careful decision-making.

Strong winds are damaging to flags. The larger the size of the flag, the more likely it is to sustain damage due to the larger surface area catching the wind. Aside from the flag fabric sustaining damage, you will also need a much stronger pole. The last thing you want in your beach party is people getting hit by a flagpole. In a beach even where winds are quite strong, it is best to opt for smaller-sized flags. An alternative is a triangle-shaped flag which has significantly smaller surface compared to rectangle flags.

Some options for fabric of the flag are cotton, nylon and polyester. Among the three, nylon is one of the most durable. However, it does not hold color as well as cotton or polyester. Aside from the fabric material, the weaving pattern must also be considered. Open weaving patterns allows air to easily pass through which reduces the stress on the fabric.

Flag accessories such as halyards and poles must be made of a durable material to avoid problems.

How to Store a Flag

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A flag symbolizes the many ideals that serve as foundations of country or any other group. It should be respected and well taken care of. When storing a flag, make sure that it is protected from factors that may damage it. Here are several tips to follow when storing a flag.
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Store in place with stable temperature and low humidity. Humidity damage is a common problem in storing items such as flags. To avoid having your flag ruined, do not store in a location where temperature can fluctuate and cause condensation.

The best place to store a flag is in a temperature-controlled room. A self-storage unit with air conditioning and humidity control is another great idea.

Store in a place without light. Prolonged exposure to sunlight and ambient lights can cause the color of your flag to fade and can also weaken the fabric fibers of the flag.

Protect from dust. Make sure that your flag is clean before storing it. Mildly vacuum it to remove the dust and cover it with an acid-free paper to protect it from dust while being stored. If your flag has a stain you can’t remove, find a textile conservation expert to do the cleaning for you.

Do not fold if storing for a long time. It is highly recommended that a flag is stored flat. Prolonged storage while folded can result to your flag having a permanent crease. If possible, use a flat table for storage. If you have a problem with space, you can use any round tube with a diameter of three to five inches and roll the flag around it.