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IMPORTANT. When buying a flag pole or if you have one installed, it is crucial to find out the manufacturers recommended flag size for that flag pole.
Also, for ecstatic reasons, the size of the flag should be in proper proportion to the height of the pole.

The highest flagpole in the world, at 160 meters (525 ft), is that at Gijeong-dong in North Korea (by comparison, the height of Niagara Falls is 176 feet)

The largest flag in the world is the Brazilian national flag flown in the Square of the Three Powers in Brasilia, Brazilian capital. This flag weights about 600 kilograms (1,300 pounds) and measures 7,000 square meters (70×100 m = 230×330 feet).

Flag poles and flags

Flag Poles and Flags

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Flag poles and flags

Flag poles. They are either free standing or wall mounted. Traditionally flag poles were made of wood but today flag poles for residential use are mainly made of aluminum or fiberglass.
Aluminum flag poles are strong and durable They are designed to withstand high wind speed loads but could become a lightning rod. Fiberglass flag poles are becoming a popular choice for homeowners. They are not non-metallic and do not conduct electricity. Most flag poles are of the one piece design, but the home owner may also want to check out telescoping and sectional flag poles. Wall mounted flag poles are usually 6 feet (1.8 m) and are mounted to your home using brackets.
The typical flag pole is up to 20' (6 m) tall, is cone shaped and has base diameter of 2.5" - 3" (63-76 mm).
A halyard is a rope that is used to raise and lower the flag and you have a choice of having an external or internal halyard system. The internal halyard is recommended as it is better protected from damaging UV rays.

Flags displayed at residential homes usually symbolize a nation or country. Commercial properties often display in addition to the country flag a company flag as well. Flags made of fabric have been replaced by flags made of polyester or nylon. They are long lasting but will start to fade after a few years of being exposed to the elements.

A bit of flag history

Though each country has designed its own flag, some were inspired by others. For example, the 1630 Dutch red-white-blue tri-colour design inspired the flags of France, Russia, New York City, and South Africa. Some flags are better known by their nickname like "The Maple Leaf" for the Canadian flag and "The Stars and Stripes" or "Old Glory" for the flag of the United States of America. Sometimes history is part of the design for newer flags for instance the Union Flag is a component of the provincial flags of British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario.

Maple Leaf & The Stars and Stripes

Internal halyard system

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