United States Flag Store’s Frequently Asked Questions

January 4, 2018

Happy New Year! United States Flag Store welcomes customer questions on flags, flagpoles, flag cases, and accessories. We want, as well do our customers, to be sure that they receive the correct information when it comes to properly displaying flags.  Let’s go over a few of our most Frequently Asked Questions.

What size flag case is needed for an American Memorial (funeral) flag?

All Memorial flags are 5 feet x 9.5 feet in size.  When properly folded, the American Memorial flag will show the stars at the uppermost to remind us of our national motto, “In God We Trust”.  While there is no code on how the American flag should be folded, the current 13 fold manner has gained popularity through the years. Each fold is a reflection of the ideals of the United States of America.

What size flag should I fly on my flagpole?

The answer will depend on the size of your flagpole.  The standard size flag for a residential flagpole (15 feet, 20 feet, or 25 feet) is a 3 feet x 5 feet flag. The larger the flagpole, the larger your flag will need to be. The length of the flag should be at least 1/4 the height of the flagpole.

What does anodizing mean?

Anodization is a process of actually coating the outside of the aluminum flagpole with an oxide. Typically, the aluminum pole is “bathed” in a solution containing sulfur, chromic, or boric acid. In this bath, the aluminum pole is positively charged by connecting it to the positive terminal of a dc power supply, becoming an anode in the chemical process. An inert electronic conductor, usually a plate or rod of carbon, lead, nickel or steel, is then connected to the negative terminal of a dc power supply, thus becoming the cathode. Upon closing the electric circuit, electrons are withdrawn away from the anode, the aluminum pole, and thereby allow ions on the surface on the aluminum to react with the electrolyzed bath solution to form an oxide layer on the aluminum flagpole. Aluminum cations (an ion in an electrolyzed solution that migrates to the cathode) move away from the aluminum pole to react with the water in the bath at the oxide/electrolyte interface to form an oxide at that surface. At the same time, oxide anions (an ion in an electrolyzed solution that migrates to the anode) move toward the aluminum flagpole to react with the aluminum at the aluminum/oxide interface. New oxide is deposited or created at both interfaces and thus the total oxide thickens. This oxide creates a barrier connected to the aluminum flagpole at the molecular level. This oxide can be altered to produce color changes on the pole; the range of available color is limited to shades of bronze to black.

What is the difference between nylon and polyester for the American flag?

Deciding what is the best American flag material depends on how you decide to fly your flag. Polyester flags , being a heavier fabric, are designed to hold up in conditions where there are high winds. They are also best if you plan on flying your flag 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Nylon flags are lighter, so they only need a light breeze to “fly”. They also do better in a wet climate because they are great at shedding water.

United States Flag Store is here to answer all your questions.  Feel free to give us a toll free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.


Aluminum Flag Poles

April 28, 2013

The United States Flag Store is your one-stop online shopping website for flags, but we also sell a variety of high-quality flag poles and flag pole kits. Because we offer our own Online Stores brand of many of the flag pole kits, we’re able to offer you great products at unbeatable prices, sometimes over 50% off the list price. Read on to learn about a few of the options available for aluminum flag poles and kits.

The 20-foot Online Stores Brand Flag Pole Kit includes everything you need to fly your favorite flag. The flag pole is made of high quality, maintenance free, 16 gauge aluminum and has a gold ball on top of the flag pole. The total length of the pole is 22 feet, with 2 feet at the bottom intended for cementing into the ground. The flag pole is 2 inches in diameter and disassembles into 5 sections (each section is 57 inches). The rope, all fittings, and plastic ground sleeve for cementing the flag pole into the ground are also included in the kit. This kit is designed for easy installation at home without expert assistance or a crane. Order this kit today for only $69, a savings of $81 off the list price. This is truly an unbeatable deal!

If you live in an area that has more extreme weather, the Heavy Duty 20-foot Residential Flag Pole with Valley Forge Nylon Flag is the perfect option for you. The flag pole included in the kit is 3 inches in diameter and tapers to 2 inches in diameter at the top. The flag pole consists of 5 silver anodized, 16-gauge seamless aluminum tubing sections that fit together for a smooth and tapered appearance. The flag pole includes a 3-inch diameter gold anodized aluminum ball ornament at the top, with the option of upgrading to a gold metal eagle. The flag pole kit also includes a solid braided polypropylene rope with two strong flag snaps, cast nylon rope cleat with mounting screws, heavy duty ground sleeve, and a 3-foot by 5-foot sewn nylon Valley Forge U.S. flag with embroidered stars. Order this great kit today for only $149.95!


Telescoping Flag Poles

April 20, 2013

If you’re looking for a simple and easy way to wave your American flag, or any other flag, a telescoping flag pole from Online Stores is a great solution. Our telescoping flag poles are easy to install, and don’t require expert assistance or a crane. They have received great reviews from our customers, too! Check out a few of our great varieties.

The Online Stores 16-foot Telescoping Flag Pole has a total length of 16 feet, 5 inches to allow for the bottom of the flag pole to be cemented into the ground. Using a simple spring release button, the pole expands from 5 feet to 15 feet. This flagpole makes flags easy to fly using rotating rings so flags won’t get tangled around the pole, as often happens with ropes. In addition to the telescoping flag pole, the kit also includes a 2.5-inch diameter gold ball flag pole top and a plastic ground sleeve to hold cement in the ground. This flag pole kit is one of our best sellers and includes a one-year limited warranty. Order yours today for just $55, a savings of $24 off the list price!

If you’re looking for a flag pole kit that includes everything you need, including the flag, the 18-foot Telescoping Flag Pole from Online Stores is the perfect kit for you. The kit includes a telescoping flag pole with a total length of 19 feet, to allow for the bottom of the flag pole to be cemented into the ground. Using a spring release button, the pole expands from 5 feet to 18 feet. Like the 16-foot telescoping flag pole, the flag pole has rotating rings to attach the flag, eliminating the need for a rope and the frustration of having your flag wrap around the pole. The kit also includes a 3-inch diameter gold ball flag pole top, plastic ground sleeve, a 3-foot by 5-foot sewn nylon Valley Forge American flag with embroidered stars, and a one-year limited warranty. Order this kit today for just $79!


Valley Forge Flag Pole Kits

October 19, 2012

Looking for a one-stop-shop for an American Flag and flagpole? Look no further than the United States Flag Store where you can order a flagpole kit, complete with a top-of-the line, American-made Valley Forge flag, and everything you need to waive your banner proudly outside your home. Here are just a few options:

The 18-foot Telescoping Flagpole with Sewn Valley Forge Flag is a great way to purchase an all-in-one flag kit at a great value. For only $79, this kit includes a beautiful 3-foot by 5-foot,  American-made, sewn Valley Forge flag with embroidered stars. The flag pole is 18.5 feet when installed, and features a telescoping mechanism for easy setup. The flagpole is made of rustproof aluminum and is 2 1/4 inches in diameter for residential-grade durability. Best of all, you won’t need to worry about your flag getting wrapped around your flagpole with this kit. The clips are mounted on rotating rings that keep your flag waving all the time. If you’re looking for a high-quality American flag with everything you need to fly it, don’t miss this great deal!

If you’re looking for a heavy-duty flagpole for your home, take a look at the 20-f0ot residential Flagpole with Valley Forge Nylon Flag kit. This kit includes a sewn American-made Valley Forge nylon flag with embroidered stars. The flag is 3 feet by 5 feet, but you can also upgrade to a 4-foot by 6-foot flag for only $8 extra.

The 20-foot heavy duty flagpole is 3 inches in diameter at the base, but tapers to 2 inches at the top. The flagpole consists of 5 heavy duty, silver, anodized, seamless aluminum tube sections that fit together perfectly for an elegantly tapered appearance. The flagpole also includes a 3-inch anodized aluminum ball ornament at the top that can be upgraded to a gold metal eagle for just $25. The flagpole includes other great features, too: a cast aluminum truck with a pulley for easy raising and lowering of your flag, a solid braided polypropylene rope with 2 strong flag snaps, a cast nylon rope cleat with mounting screws, and a heavy duty ground sleeve for easy installation. Order yours today for just $149.95.


Residential Flag Poles

October 11, 2012

You can’t fly your favorite banner without a great flag pole from the United States Flag Store. At the United States Flag Store, we have a fantastic selection of flag poles for residential use in a variety of sizes and price ranges. Read on for just a few options.

The 16-foot telescoping flagpole is a perfect option for flying your favorite flag outside your home. This flagpole has a total exposed height of 16 feet and the pole expands from 5 feet to 15 feet in seconds with a spring release button. No need to worry about ropes to snarl or tangle because the clips on this flagpole are mounted on rotating rings to prevent the flag from becoming wrapped around the pole.

The 16-foot flagpole is made of rustproof aluminum and is 2 1/4″ diameter with a gold ball flagpole top. A plastic ground sleeve, to cement into the ground without expert assistant, is included, as well. These flagpoles have received great reviews from our customers and are available from the United States Flag Store for a great price of $55.

If you’re looking for a flag pole that’s a little taller, check out Online Store’s 20-foot flagpole. This flagpole is the latest version from Online Store, available at a great value for everyday customers. The flagpole is sturdy, with a two-inch diameter and increased wall thickness for added durability. The entire kit includes a plastic ground sleeve to allow for easily installation for ensure that the flagpole can be removed if necessary, a gold ball topper, rope and all fittings, and easy-to-follow instructions.

Although kits like this sell for as much as $150 in home improvement and other leading retail stores, you can order this five-star rated flagpole kit from the United States Flag Store for just $69.99. Order yours today!


Flag Pole Lighting

October 2, 2012

Your flag doesn’t need to be invisible when the sun goes down: with innovative flag pole lights from the United States Flag Store, you can illuminate your American Flag or other favorite flag. Technically, the American Flag should always be illuminated at night. Setting up these lights is easy, and, thanks to their solar-powered technology illuminating your flag doesn’t cost  you anything in batteries or electricity. At the United States Flag Store, the prices can’t be beat, either. Check out just a few of these great solar flag lighting options.

The Flag Pole Solar Light is an easy-to-use and economical way to light up your American flag or other favorite flag. Features of the flag pole solar light includes a no-wiring design that is safe and simple to install and self-charging solar batteries so you don’t need to worry about changing dead batteries or running the lights off your household electric account. With 20 LED bulbs and an eight-inch diameter, however, you’ll be rest assured that this light will shine brightly on your flag through the evening. This flag pole light is designed for use with flag poles that are 15 to 25 feet in height, mounts on top of the flag pole, and no special tools are required for installation. The flag pole solar light has received 5-star reviews from customers, so order your flag pole light today for just $69.99.

Another option is the Solar Flag Light by Valley Forge, the most trusted name brand in American Flags. Instead of mounting to the top of a flag pole, like the previously described light, this solar light attaches to the side of the flag pole and is designed for flags that are 2 to 4 inches in diameter. The light features a 100-lux output that will illuminate your flag for 6 to 8 hours, depending on the weather conditions. Order this great little solar light today for just $139.49.