Fiberglass Flagpoles: what you need to know
Are you interested in purchasing fiberglass flagpoles to display your flag? If so, there are several things you should know before you buy one. The most important thing to consider when purchasing fiberglass flagpoles is the size of the flag that you want to hang on them. Each pole comes with its own maximum flag size recommendations that must be followed to ensure the safety and long-term use of the flagpole.
What are fiberglass poles?
Fiberglass poles are many layers of wrapped & woven fiberglass, which makes them both durable and light. They’re frequently used for flagpoles because of their superior strength and resistance to warping or splintering. Fiberglass is made by mixing fibers with resin; it’s then pressed into shape and baked until hard. This process creates a lightweight pole that resists warping better than wood or aluminum.
What types of fiberglass poles exist?
Fiberglass poles are most commonly used in both residential and commercial settings. A few types of fiberglass flagpoles are available, each with its benefits, but most people use a single-arm pole with a telescoping extension for residential applications. Though that’s changing, these flags will typically be made from nylon or polyester—some vendors now offer synthetic alternatives that will withstand more abuse. Sizes of fiberglass poles exist.
Residential fiberglass flagpoles come in two sizes: 20′ and 35′. Commercial flagpoles are much more significant; some extend as high as 60 feet! This means they can only be used on large buildings or industrial complexes.
How much do fiberglass poles cost?
Fiberglass poles generally cost less than aluminum or steel, but they’re also less durable. Fiberglass poles have about 20 years; aluminum or steel can last for 30-40 years, depending on conditions. If you live in a warm climate, it may make sense to opt for metal because fiberglass poles tend to break faster when exposed to heat and direct sunlight. Fiberglass poles come in two main types: hollow and solid. Open fiberglass is much lighter than concrete, making it easier to transport and install.
What are the advantages of aluminum or steel?
Fiberglass flagpoles are much lighter than aluminum or steel, allowing them to be raised and lowered more quickly. This is especially useful for residential customers who want a pole that’s easy to raise and lower, such as when they go away on vacation. They also have a reputation for being much sturdier than aluminum and steel poles, although they’re more expensive. If your bar is in a high-traffic area, fiberglass might be worth it; if not, cheaper options are available.
What is a hot-dip galvanized finish?
Hot-dip galvanized finish is a process that’s used on many metal structures. It involves dipping items into molten zinc (not tin) baths at temperatures as high as 1,260 degrees Fahrenheit. Since it’s applied in liquid form, hot-dip galvanizing adheres well to irregular surfaces and penetrates nooks and crannies better than other protection methods. Hot-dip galvanizing can protect your structure for up to 25 years!
Are there any disadvantages to fiberglass poles?
While fiberglass poles are highly durable, they’re not indestructible. Extreme heat or cold can damage them; heavy winds might snap a fiberglass pole in half if it isn’t adequately secured. Also, a fiberglass pole has some added weight due to its composition—they tend to be about 20% heavier than their aluminum counterparts. Fiberglass poles are more susceptible to warping from moisture and humidity. Keeping your new fiberglass pole in a climate-controlled environment is the safest bet.
Where can I find more information about fiberglass poles?
Start with a phone call or email to one of our representatives. You can also check out our website for more details or send us an email. We’re happy to answer your questions about fiberglass flagpoles, nautical flags, etc.
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