Things To Consider When Selecting An In-Ground Flagpole.

Rohan Mathew


Displaying the flag is an excellent way to show your patriotism. There are many options available when it comes to selecting the right in-ground flagpole. From aluminum flagpoles to fiberglass flagpoles, patriots now have access to flagpoles of different finishes and materials.

There are also many residential and commercial flagpole options available in the market. We have enlisted a few factors that need to be considered before buying an in-ground flagpole. 

  • Materials 

In-ground flagpoles are mainly constructed of fiberglass or aluminum. In general, a fiberglass flagpole can withstand high-pressure and high-speed winds; hence it is more frequently used near the oceans or high wind locations. When it comes to commercial applications, flagpoles made out of aluminum are highly preferred. Poles made out of steel are commonly used for giant flag poles, which are more than 80’ tall. Such flagpoles are very heavy and sturdy. A great amount of skill and labor is required to install steel flagpoles. 

  • Size

Another important thing to consider when choosing the flagpole is its size. A flagpole’s height is usually determined by the size of the flag you want to fly from it. Most homeowners do not prefer a flagpole whose height is more than the roof. The distance of the flagpole from the house and the slope of the plot are a few other factors that you should consider before determining the height of the pole. If the distance between the house and the flagpole is more, you might have to increase the height of the flagpole. Also, if the plot slopes away from your home, it might be essential to upsize the pole to adjust for the slope. For in-ground poles, the length of the flagpole inserted underground must be at least one-quarter the pole’s height. As a general rule, if you have a single-story house, you should choose a 16-foot to 20-foot flag pole. For average two-story homes or tall single-story homes, flagpoles sized between 20 feet and 25 feet work well.

  • The Halyard Rope Type

The halyard rope of the flagpole can either be internal or external. 

When selecting a flagpole, it is important to consider the halyard mechanism that lowers and raises the flag. Under the external halyard, the rope is placed on the outside area of the pole, while under the internal halyard system, the rope and other components are concealed inside the shaft. The external halyard rope system is less expensive as compared to the internal one. Commercial flagpoles mostly rely on internal halyard mechanisms for additional security, while residential pole setups use external halyard rope mechanisms.  

  • Finish

Flagpoles come in various finishes and colors. For instance, aluminum flagpoles come in a satin silver finish and can also be anodized with a protective coating layer. Aluminum flagpoles can also be powder-coated in a vast range of colors. Fiberglass poles, on the other hand, are mostly available in white color. 

  • Wind Speed 

Most in-ground flagpoles are tested to check the amount of wind speed and air pressure they can handle. In-ground flagpoles should be selected after considering the weather conditions of the area where you want to install them. Ensure that you have a flagpole that can withstand all types of weather, as displaying a faded and tattered flag is a statement of disrespect for the country.

  • Location

Depending on the location, you will have to narrow down your flagpole options. In general, desert plains, mountains, and coastal areas require sturdier flagpoles that can withstand strong winds. If you live in areas with lighter winds, you can select residential grade telescoping and sectional flagpoles which are 20 to 25 feet tall. 

  • Functionality 

Flagpoles are purchased for a specific purpose. Any organization, be it government buildings, universities or colleges, car dealerships, or even a sports franchise, will want the flagpole to look striking and make a statement. If you wish to install a flagpole at these locations, it should look like a prominent fixture and should be strong and tall. On the other hand, flagpoles bought for a private commercial establishment, a warehouse, or a rural home, do not need a statement pole. 

  • Building Code

You need to check for any neighborhood regulations, historic district restrictions, or local ordinances restricting the erection of a flagpole. Many towns have different proximity requirements that you need to adhere to. Do not violate local heights limits and keep your flagpoles at a safe distance from power lines.