This is a bit of techie blog from me today, I thought it would be interesting to explain a little more about the fabrics that we use for our custom and bespoke flags and the reasons why we select different materials for different situations.
A question that we are asked virtually every day is "How long will my custom flag last?" We can not give a precise answer to this question, however, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) generally expects a polyester flag to last around 180 days based on daily usage from sunrise to sunset - but not during periods of severe weather. In reality, most people simply fly their flags 24hrs a day, however, tests have shown that this can reduce its life by more than 50%, it’s a simple case of the number of hours it’s up for.
Regardless of how well it is constructed, a flag is, after all, only a piece of cloth and will sooner or later succumb to the elements. The comparison I often make is to ask whether you would expect a tea towel to be in perfect condition if you left it on the washing line for 6 months.
However, it is a fact that reasonably good care will contribute greatly to a longer life. There are many types of fabric that can be used to make custom flags with, here at Flagmakers we use 3 main materials and they are: