Complete Guide to Flagpoles

A flagpole is a central part of any nation’s military, civil and naval insignia. Flagpoles serve as a common device to support national flags and signifying devices such as the coat of arms or state flag.

Design of National Flagpoles

They are typically erected in prominent places like in front of government buildings, embassies, and other places. The standard for the design of national flagpoles is set by international agreement through the use of recommendations for varying lengths at different heights in different countries, not necessarily by law. The term ‘flagpole’ is general and applies to the vertical pole that supports a flag for display. Flagpoles come in many different forms including freestanding, roof-mounted, or attached to a wall or building. The most common form is the free-standing tapered metal, wooden, or metal pole. 

Flagpole Height

Flagpoles are typically made of metal such as steel, aluminum, or fiberglass. The standard for flagpoles is set by international agreement and not necessarily by law. However, the height of a flagpole should be at least 1.8 times the height of the flag it supports or a top-tension wire. The placement of a flagpole plays an important role in how an area shows the power of a country or group and its flags.

Pulley System

The finial is the tip of the flagpole that holds the flag. Flags can be attached to a pole through cords, clips or an internal mechanism called a pulley system.

Small Flags

Flagpoles usually have a large brass or gold-colored metal ball and are often topped with crowns, balls, finials, or small flags.


Common materials for flagpoles include aluminum, steel, and fiberglass. Aluminum is often used for flagpoles up to five meters tall and does not corrode at high altitudes.

Flagpole Design Materials

The steel pole is lightweight, durable, and easy to maintain. Fiberglass poles are lightweight and resistant to rusting or corrosion. The majority of the world’s largest airports use as many as eight free-standing metal poles with at least one hundred 45-meter-long flags on them.


Lighting on the pole includes a light near the top that illuminates the flag or flag images, or lights underneath the pole to illuminate it. Lighting may be used to spell out words on a pole or in conjunction with a flag display. Lighting can be used at night, in the day or during special events and holidays. Flagpoles are usually grounded through a long metal cable to a rod that extends from underground. This helps prevent electrocution in the case of lightning strikes. Generally, flagpoles should not be connected to water mains, electrical lines or other high-voltage cables for safety reasons.
The Texas state flag waving along with the national flag of the United States of America. Texas s a state in the South Central region of the United States