OBJECTIVE

Pride, civics, citizenship education, celebrating and recognizing the strength and vitality of the United States democracy.

Any project can benefit from adding the strength, pride and color of a dynamic flagpole and flag installation. Certainly, all schools, post offices, fire stations, government buildings should without exception have at least one flagpole specified in their construction. The American flag, along with a state and city/county flag display represents an important and recognized symbol of our democratic heritage, values and traditions.

Flag raising ceremonies, accompanied by the singing of the national anthem, encourage students and citizens to appreciate the essential values of our democratic society and to learn more about the symbols that underpin them. These values include tolerance, respect for others, understanding our social diversity, pride in U.S. history and our achievements, the sacrifices or previous generations, optimism for the future and a strong commitment to the United States as a nation.

FLAGPOLE(s) HEIGHT
The size of the building and surrounding grounds are important factors in deciding the correct sized flagpole. Generally, for most residential settings, flagpoles, 20' to 25' in height are proper for one to two story family dwellings.

Corporate offices will select flagpoles 30' to 80' in height depending on the "Corporate Statement" that is wished to be made, size of property/building(s), and local restrictions.

QUANTITY of FLAGPOLES
Most residences will have only one flagpole.
Many corporate and commercial establishments will have a number of flagpoles depending as to how dramatic an effect they are trying to achieve. Flagpoles lining the driveway or entranceway to a corporate headquarters building can be very impressive.
Remember that in a corporate or government installation, all foreign national flags SHOULD be flown from separate, individual flagpoles.

INTERNAL VS. EXTERNAL FLAGPOLES
External Halyard
This system consists of a braided poly-nylon rope running down the outside of the pole and secured using a tie-off cleat. A stationary single pulley is standard for this rigging. This is a relatively inexpensive rigging system and is used where flag security is not an issue.

Internal Halyard-Economy CAM Cleat
This system consists of the braided poly-nylon rope fed through the interior of the pole shaft and secured using a cam-action friction cleat. Access to the cam cleat is protected by a locked door. A revolving top is standard for this rigging. This system is suggested where vandalism is a concern.

Internal Halyard-Deluxe Stainless Steel Winch System
This system is suitable for all poles with a six inch butt or larger and consists of a stainless steel gearless winch mounted inside the flagpole shaft, accessible by a removable locking access door. The winch is self-locking at any point and is operable with a removable crank handle through an access hole in the shaft. A stainless steel aircraft quality cable is used throughout: through the interior of the shaft, wound on the stainless steel winch, up to the top head of the pole, out a special head-access point, then down the exterior of the flagpole with a flag arrangement to support the flag(s) with a retainer ring and stabilizing weight. A revolving cap top head is standard for this system.

SIZE OF FLAGS
Generally speaking, the length of your flag should be 25% to 33% of the height of the flagpole. Consideration must be given to the wind resistance factors to ensure that the flagpole can safely support the desired flag at the wind speed rated for your locale. IPI offers foundation design and flagpole engineering services to assist with this design consideration.

MAINTENANCE
As with any other equipment, flagpoles must be properly cared for if they are to last for a period of years. Little or no maintenance is necessary for aluminum or fiberglass poles. However, should a build-up of dirt and soil occur, washing the surface with a mild detergent is recommended.

Steel poles will usually require resurfacing in 2 to 6 years depending on the type of finish used and the area in which the pole is located. Stainless steel requires little or no maintenance to maintain its appearance.

Bronze poles may require some resurfacing depending on the overall effect desired. With time, bronze poles will darken.

Halyards and external fittings should be checked every three months for sign of wear and tear. If looked after when wear becomes apparent, the cost of replacements can be minimized.

PARTS, ACCESSORIES, FLAGS
IPI offers a complete array of flagpole parts and optional accessories. Our sister company, The Flag Factory, offers a complete line of US, State, International, and custom flags for all occasions. Link: www.MainStreetBanner.com