Flag Material (Nylon, Polyester, Cotton) Differences

Mar 7th, 2016

The most common materials that flags are made from include nylon, polyester and cotton. When choosing a flag, you should know the benefits of each type of material and make a choice that best suits your needs.


Nylon Flags


Nylon flags are the number one choice by industrial, commercial and residential consumers. The material is lightweight enough that it allows the flag to fly freely with the slightest breeze. This material is durable, sheds water and, when wet, dries quickly. Nylon flags look beautiful because the material gives the colors a bright appearance.


 Nylon Flag


 Flagpoles Etc. offers nylon flags that are colored using its Aniline-Dye process. This means that the flag is colorfast and has a brilliant look. The flags are manufactured using 100% heavyweight, 200-denier nylon bunting that is specially treated to resist fading from the sun and elements, and from chemical deterioration. These flags are recognized as the #1 choice in America.


Polyester Flags          


Polyester is a strong material that is long lasting. It is resistant to wind, dirt and moisture. This material is ideal for areas of country that experience high winds and other stresses. It will hold up in harsh conditions, even when flown 24/7.


 Polyester Flag


Flagpoles Etc. offers polyester flags made from thick 2-ply 100 percent polyester bunting. These flags are skillfully crafted to provide maximum durability to outlast any other flag.


Cotton Flags


Cotton is the traditional material that is used to make flags. While cotton flags are beautiful, they are not suitable for long-term outdoor display. Wet weather tends to saturate the material, making it very heavy. When winds are combined with a wet cotton flag, the lifespan of the flag will be shortened and it will put a lot of strain on the flagpole and flag attachment accessories.


Cotton is best suited for use in short outdoor displays, such as ceremonial and other special events, and for indoor use.




All flags wear out over time, especially when subjected to extreme weather conditions on a daily basis. The average lifespan of a flag varies depending on the hours of flying and weather conditions. Generally, flags that are flown 24/7 have a lifespan of six to nine months, but, when well-constructed, have been known to last two years when they are not damaged by extremely severe conditions or by flapping against an object such as a tree or house.

 Tattered Flag


To help your flag last longer, all of Flagpoles Etc. United States flags are sturdily constructed and are finished by attaching a strong snow-white header and brass grommets.


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