Hoisting an American flag outside your home is the perfect way to express your love for your country. However, if you’ve never purchased a flag before, you might be wondering how to choose the right size. There are a lot to pick from, and finding the right proportions can be tricky. Discover which American flag size is right for your home.
American Flag Sizes
American flags come in all kinds of rectangular sizes. The smallest are often around 2’x3’, while the largest sizes can be 30’x50’ or bigger. If you’re looking to put a flag outside your home, you’re not going to need one of those large sizes; however, that still leaves many different sizes to choose from.
The basic rule for in-ground flagpoles is that your flag length—the longest side—should be at least one-quarter of the height of your pole. So, if you have a 20-foot pole, you need a flag with a length of at least 5 feet. While you can choose a flag that is a little larger than exactly one-quarter, you don’t want to go too much bigger or your flag won’t look proportional.
When you have a flagpole mounted on the side of your house, the rules for choosing the right American flag size are different. This time, the width of the flag—the shortest side—should be about half the length of your pole. If your pole is 6 feet, for example, your flag’s width should be 3 feet.
Never Let Your Flag Drag!
When you’re choosing a flag for a home-mount pole, it’s important to measure the surrounding area first. You don’t want your flag to drape across trees, bushes, or porch railings because it’s disrespectful to the flag, it looks untidy, and it shortens the life of the flag.
Depending on where you live, you might want to consider investing in a heavy-duty flag. These flags are slightly heavier and take a stronger wind in order to fly. However, their strength also allows them to withstand extreme weather. Heavy-duty flags are a good option for people who live in areas with high winds or frequent storms, or who want to fly very tall flags.
You can find regular and heavy-duty flags at Liberty Flagpoles. We also carry residential flagpole kits to make setting up your home flagpole fast and easy. Contact us today if you need help choosing the right setup for your home’s American flag.