How to Choose a Low-Maintenance Flagpole

When you choose a flagpole, you should think about how you will manage the pole once it is up. Even if you buy a strong and sturdy product, you might need to do some maintenance and repair work on it in the future.

If you think about the type of flagpole you need before you buy it, you can minimise these jobs. What should you look for?

1. A Long-Lasting Material

Flagpole materials don't all stand the test of time in the same way. For example, wooden flagpoles might splinter, crack or rot as they get older. They might be attractive to termites and other wood-boring insects.

While metal flagpoles don't have these problems, some metals rust as they age. If you want a metal pole, then look for materials like powder-coated aluminium which shouldn't corrode.

Fibreglass poles are a good alternative. These poles won't rot, splinter or rust. You shouldn't have to do much work to keep this kind of flagpole in good shape.

2. A Solid Base Fitting

Your flagpole will take some environmental stress once you put it up. If it isn't firmly attached to the ground, then it won't be able to cope with windy conditions.

So, the pole might lean to one side or even fall down. It might need a repair if it gets damaged. Plus, you'll then have to get it back up again.

You won't have to deal with these issues if you make sure that your flagpole is firmly attached to the ground. For example, rather than simply cementing it in, you can use flange bolt bases. These systems attach to a concrete base and make the pole more secure.

3. Internal Halyards

You also have to choose between external and internal halyard systems. If you have an external halyard, then the rope you use to raise and lower a flag sits on the outside of the pole.

An external system can take more work. For example, if the rope degrades in the sun and rain, then it might snap. You'll have to replace it.

If you use an internal halyard, then the system sits inside the pole. It isn't exposed to the weather, so it lasts longer.

4. Easy Access to the Pole

If you have to do maintenance or repair jobs on a regular flagpole, then you'll have to find a way to get to the right height to work safely. You might need to bring out a repair company if you can't do this.

You can buy flagpoles that give you easier access. For example, if you buy a pole with a hinged base plate, then you can lower the whole pole to the ground easily. A telescopic pole is collapsible.

To find out more about your options, contact your flagpole manufacturer.