Caring For Flags

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There are many kinds of flags from miniature flags you see on top of tables inside offices to flags flown on very tall record-setting flagpoles. If you want your flag to last, you will need to properly take care of it. In order to properly do this, you must need to know the things that can damage the flag and shorten its life.

Tree branches. Avoid installing flags in locations where it can snag onto tree branches and other objects. These can cause the flag to tear. If you are planning on installing a flag in place with limited space, a banner is much better option. The flag is attached to a banner bar or two that prevents it from flying all around. The banner can be installed on walls of buildings or on facades of stores.

Rain and moisture. There are many ways in which water can damage a flag. Acid rain can weaken the fibers of the fabric. Prolonged exposure to moisture can cause the color to run. It wet flag stored indoors also attracts insects that can eat the fabric. If possible, take the flag inside during rains. Let it properly dry and do not store when wet.

Strong winds. The force of strong winds can be very harsh on the fibers. Unlike rain, it is impossible to tell when there will be strong winds. And taking down the flag every time there is a strong wind is just too much trouble. The only way to minimize the damage of strong winds to a flag is by using smaller-sized flags. This lessens the amount of wind that catches the fabric and minimize the force.

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Disrespecting The Flag

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The current condition of the global economy and conflicts in different regions of the earth is creating a sense of unrest amongst citizens of various countries. The uneasiness is forcing many to go out into the streets to voice their opinions and fight against what they deem to be injustices in the society. A common practice in these protests is burn or destroy nationwide flags.

Protester burns a U.S. flag during a demonstration over the capture of senior al Qaeda figure al-Liby by U.S. authorities, in Benghazi

The flags that are thought to be the representation of the government. The act of burning flags is supposed to get the attention and offend the individuals in power who are assumed to be the root of the injustices. There is one significant problem with this method.

The flag flying on top of the flagpole stands for the individuals that shed blood and sweat, working to build the country that protestors claim to be fighting for. Burning the flags do nothing to the despised government and establishments. It only stumps on the effort and also sacrifice of the people of the previous generation.

If you are among those individuals that strive towards the betterment of your life, then flag of your nation also represents you.

Burning flags means absolutely nothing. The act in itself is only a waste of a good textile while disrespecting the diligent and honest citizens of today and also from the past. Bring down the system if you must but spare the flag.

Corrosion and Flagpole Safety

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It is the  responsibility of the business to make sure that advertising flags do not pose danger to people around it. Actions must be taken to ensure that flag installations are sturdy enough to prevent accidents and injuries.

One of the major factors that needs to be focused on is the effect of corrosion to flag components. Corrosion or rusting eats into certain types of metal, causing structural weakness which can lead to failure.

The flagpole is one of the components of the flag that take the most beating. The forces generated by the wind getting caught in the flag fabric is transferred to the pole. If the pole is not sturdy enough, it can bend or break from the wind. In order to ensure optimum strength against wind-generated forces, steel is the preferred material used for flagpoles.

The issue with steel is that it is susceptible to rusting when exposed to moisture. The air contains a decent amount of moisture at any given time. An unprotected steel flagpole can rust very quickly. As the rust eats through the steel, it loses its structural strength.

A steel flagpole must be protected against corrosion by coating it with corrosion-resistant paint. The paint prevents the surface of the steel from coming in contact with the moisture in the air. A special type of steel called weathering steel can also be used to further improve the life of the flagpole. When exposed to moisture-rich air, the layer rust that forms on the surface of the steel is compact enough that it effectively creates a barrier that prevents further contact between the steel and the air, thus greatly inhibiting further rusting.

Small Business and Advertising

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Advertising for small businesses can come in different forms, from websites and internet ads to advertising flags being flown on a flagpole.

Advertising Flags

The purpose of advertising is to introduce businesses to potential customers. Effective advertising can greatly affect the success of small businesses. Small businesses do not have the funds to carry out expensive elaborate advertising campaigns. Small business owners or managers must explore different methods of advertising.

Advertisements must be clear and concise regardless of the methods used. The advertising tools must also be attractive in order to appeal to the target consumers and to ignite their interests to the products or services being offered by the business.

A huge part of the population have internet access and take advantage of the information available from the world wide web. The technology has advanced so much that people can perform various tasks without leaving their homes. People can do their shopping or hire services from the comfort of their home. That is why it pays a lot for small businesses to create an online presence. Creating a website and performing internet and social media ad campaigns are currently one of the most cost-efficient methods of advertising.

The impact of online advertising does not mean that businesses can or should forego local advertisements. The yellow pages and local newspapers remain one of the best methods for reaching out to the local clientele. Some successful small business send brochures and invites to customers to try out their products or services. Advertising flags flying energetically in the air remain an affordable yet very effective method of getting the attention of people.

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.