Flag Fabric for Custom Flags
One of the most common questions that our company receives, is "How long will a custom flag last?"
There are several factors that, when combined, will determine how long your flag will last. For this reason, there really isn't an exact answer to this question.
What we can say though, is that polyester and cotton bunting flags have been known to last approximately 180 days. This timeframe is based on daily usage from sunrise to sunset, but not during any periods of inclement weather conditions.
Tests have shown that in most cases, a flag that is constantly flown (24 hours per day) will last approximately 45 days.
Keep in mind that regardless of how well-constructed a flag might be, the flag is still just a piece of cloth. Sooner or later it will succumb to the elements, but with proper care your flag can have a much longer lifespan.
There are several materials that can be used to create custom flags, but at The Flag Makers, we use only the best 3 materials available:
- 100D Polyester - This is typically used for promotional purposes and are cheaper.
- 200D Knitted Polyester - This is typically used for it's durability to help the flag sustain a longer lifespan. Both screen and digital printing can be used.
- Woven/500D Spun Polyester - This is used for extra durability and the longest possible lifespan. Only screen printing can be used on this material.
100D polyester is an inexpensive flag material. This material is made from thin polyester, and is commonly used for special events and promotional giveaways. This material can be used outdoors, but it is not recommended.
The life expectancy of this flag is limited.
200D Knitted Polyester
Sporting a single ply, this is a hefty flag that is made with knitted polyester. This material is one of strongest, most-durable materials available for flag making. This makes it one of the best choices if you plan on flying your flag continuously.
This material makes for great flying, as it is much lighter in weight. This means that it does not take a lot of wind to move it.
Woven/500D Spun Polyester
Spun polyester is easily the most durable flag material you can get. The open weave reduces fabric stress and is resistant to high winds. This flag material is the best choice if you fly the flag 24 hours per day and you typically experience a higher wind speed. Spun polyester flags are made from a much heavier fabric, so they require a faster wind speed to move it.
Because these flags are heavier, they require more effort to raise and take down.
In conclusion, we recommend considering how you plan on using your flag and what sort of conditions it will be flown in.
Indoor flags will typically have a longer lifespan, but with the proper care and treatment, outdoor flags have been known to last just as long.
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have before placing your order if you need help with determining which type of flag and materials will best suit your needs!