One of the most common questions customers want to know the answer to before they buy flags online is “what is the life span of a custom made flag?” There are several factors that determine how long a custom made flag will last. All of these factors combined influence the life span of a flag, so there is no definite answer to this question. On one hand, the quality of materials used to manufacture a flag determines its durability while on the other hand, the flags’ usage and proper maintenance will also determine how long it lasts. Weather conditions have also been known to affect the life span of a flag.
There are several materials that can be used to manufacture custom flags, the best three of which are the 100D polyester, the 200D knitted polyester and the woven 500D spun polyester. The 100D polyester is made from thin polyester and is not expensive. Hence it is typically used for promotional purposes. The 200D polyester produces a single-ply hefty flag made from knitted polyester. It is one of the most durable materials available for flag making and is recommended if you want to continuously fly your flag because of its light weight. The woven 500D polyester is the most durable material for flag making. The open weave reduces stress to the fabric, hence, it is usually recommended for flags being flown 24 hours a day for an unspecified period of time. The fabric is heavy though and requires strong winds to move it. Flags made from this material also require more effort to hoist and take down. It is thus recommended that you buy Australian flags made from these special polyester flag materials to guarantee a longer lifespan.
Flags flown continuously 24 hours a day tend to have a shorter lifespan than those flown less frequently. For instance, polyester and cotton bunting flags flown throughout the day (but not during adverse weather conditions) have been known to last about 180 days. Also, reports have shown that a flag flown throughout the day irrespective of weather conditions have been known to last about 45 days. This indicates that adverse weather conditions reduce the lifespan of a flag irrespective of the materials used in manufacturing them. Indoor flags also tend to have a longer lifespan than outdoor flags.
Proper maintenance of your flag will also help increase its lifespan. Wash flags regularly with mild detergent, as dirt dulls the color of your flag and causes wear and tear. The corners of the fly end of a flag are usually the first area to show wear and tear. Prompt trimming and proper re-hemming of the worn end, greatly helps to increase the lifespan of a flag. It should be noted that no matter the material used to manufacture a cloth flag or how well it is made, it is still just a piece of cloth and will succumb to degradation sooner or later.