Outdoor Flagpoles

Written by Liza Hartung
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When it comes to hanging flags outside, you will want to make sure that you have the proper pole. You want one that is easy to take care of and will last for years. However, the pole that may be right for you may not be right for someone else. It all depends upon the weather that your pole will be subjected to. The rainy Seattle weather calls for certain things that sunny Southern California doesn't.

Know Your Weather

If you are looking for a flagpole for your boat, you will certainly want something that will withstand sun, rain and the spray of the ocean. Growing up near the ocean, I saw many people with wooden poles. Unlike aluminum, they didn't get too hot to touch under the sun. However, after a few years of constantly being hit with sun and water, the wood began to rot and peel.

When properly coated, though, wood can look quite elegant. In fact, it probably has the most aesthetically pleasing look out of the several flagpole materials to choose from. Ever since aluminum and fiberglass made their ways onto the flagpole scene, wood has dropped off as a popular favorite. This could be because fiberglass and aluminum are more economical and require less maintenance.

Aluminum certainly serves its purpose in being extremely light, but fiberglass can boast the same thing. Be careful with aluminum in areas where storms are frequent. You don't need your flagpole attracting lightning. Also, lots of rain and seawater on aluminum can cause it to rust. Being that aluminum is so shiny, it can provide a nice visual quality that you may be looking for.

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