How long does a flag last?

Experience has proven that this is an impossible question to answer accurately. It is like predicting the weather, airborne contamination, and the treatment people will give a flag.

The major enemies of a flag are wind, water, sun, and carelessness (the single greatest cause of flag deterioration). Neither you nor we can control the weather, but you can take care of your flag and lengthen its life. Occasional washing in warm mild-detergent water will prevent dirt and pollutants from attacking the fabric. To prevent mildew, let your flag dry thoroughly before storing it. Have your flag repaired at the first sign of fraying, don’t’ wait for it to be blown to shreds. Continuous day and night display will shorten a flag’s life. If your flag is not illuminated at night, you should consider taking it down to appreciably lengthen its life.

Our flags are manufactured to give maximum service in return for reasonable care and prudent use. Remember, no two flags receive identical wear. Because weather conditions vary, wearing conditions vary and consequently, the life of each flag is different.

Your flag works hard. It shakes… it trembles … it drapes … it whips… it snaps … it chafes .. it bakes … it freezes .. it ripples … it flutters .. it quivers … it furls … it rolls … it twists … it flaps … it strains … it flies … it unfurls … it hangs! Is it any wonder that is needs to be replaced two or three times a year?

The best way we know to stretch your “flag dollar” is to have three flags: one flying, one in the wash, and a clean one in reserve for special occasions.


What is the difference between a “Swooper Flag” and a “Bow Flag”?

The Major difference between a Swooper Flag and a bow Flag is how the pole bows at the top of the flag. If you notice the picture of the Swooper Flags on the top left, the pole stops before it reaches the edge of the flag. This allows the corner of the flag to flap in the wind. It may lend for minor attention, however it also shortens the life of the flag, as it will fray prematurely. Swooper Flags usually begin to fray around six weeks, give or take depending on your wind. If you notice the picture of the Bow Flags on the bottom left, the pole stops at the edge of the flag. This will minimize the movement of the flag. Therefore, the Bow Flag will not fray at the top. We have yet to see a Bow Flag fray at the top of the flag, even up to one year. That being said, if you have continuous winds, the flag will stress in other areas, and my fray in other areas.
Another difference is that almost all Swooper Flags are either imported or are made from imported material, such as from China. Most are made from substandard material and are not considered long lasting. This is why you will find their prices to be very low. Furthermore, most if not all Swooper flags are made from ink that is not UV resistant, and again imported. Therefore in places like Texas, Florida or Nevada, they will fade rather quickly. Usually between six to eight weeks…twelve if you’re lucky and have a low UV index. The Bow flags from HI-TEX Flags are made from either a strong Polyester, or Nylon that is made in the U.S.A. We also use DuPont UV resistant ink. All which helps the longevity of your flags. Our Bow Flags should last a minimum of four months, and we have seen them last up to one year in continuous outdoor use.
Bow Flags have become one of the most popular flags in the U.S.A., Because of their longevity and utilizing both sides of the flag to read correctly for traffic coming from two
different directions.


What are the best materials to use for a Flag?

  • Nylon– Nylon is the most popular and versatile flag fabric available in the United States. Nylon’s combination of strength and brilliant display, along with its quick drying ability, make it suitable for a wide range of applications. Great in rainy areas, its light weight and close weave enable it to fly in the slightest of breeze, giving the fullest visual effect. Nearly every flag we sell is available in nylon material. Check out these additional benefits:
    -Best resistance to damaging ultraviolet radiation
    -Dense 200 denier nylon weave
    -Longest lasting nylon flag material available
    -Flies in the lightest breeze
    -Provides the brightest colors for a great appearance
  • Polyester
  • Ever Tex: This material represents new and improved flag fabric technology. Made of 100% spun polyester, its construction combines durability, strength and fly ability with a rich feel and look. These flags are ideal for extreme weather conditions without the excess weight. Ink penetration is in the mid to upper 90%. These are the longest lasting flags on the market today.

-Best choice for high-wind and coastal areas.
-Heavy-duty 2-Ply polyester material
-Our longest-lasting flag