Flag Qualities and Uses Guide – Ultimate Flags

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Flag Qualities and Uses Guide

Flags come in nylon, polyester and cotton and can vary greatly in construction.

Some qualities are best for light use while others some could hang off the back of a fighting battleship in a hurricane. 

When choosing a flag, choose the right quality based on its planned use.

Not all flags come in all qualities. The more common the flag design (Like USA), the more qualities it will be available in.

All flags are visible from both sides and it is proper that text on a flag be mirrored on the reverse (back) side of a flag.  It is standard traditional flag construction that images, words and other adornments on a flag are "backwards" when viewed from behind. It is not correct to sew two standard flags back-to-back in order for them to read the same from both directions. 

From lowest to highest here are the various flag quality levels:

Standard Quality -  Super-weave polyester

- Our most popular quality level 
- 100%  synthetic waterproof material
- Designs are through-dyes and visible on both sides 
- Bright, fade-resistant dye
- Double stitched edges all around
- Reinforced grommet holes with metal rings
- Attaches easily to any flag pole
 
RECOMMENDED USES:
- Fair weather outdoor display
- Excellent for events, indoor display and theatrical use
- Seasonal decoration, home use
- Demonstrations, protests, parades
 
 
All Weather Quality - Nylon printed
 
- Double the toughness of the "Standard Quality"
- Long lasting, waterproof, tear and fray resistant Nylon
- Designs are through-printed and visible on both sides  
- Bright, fade-resistant inks
- Double and quad stitched edges all around
- Reinforced grommet holes with metal rings
- Attaches easily to any flag pole
 
RECOMMENDED USES:
- All-weather outdoor display use
- Permanent flag displays (not taken down at night/rain)
- Excellent for events indoor/outdoor
- Long term decoration use
- Commercial/professional use

 
Ceremonial Quality - Nylon printed with gold fringe
 
- Made from long lasting Nylon
- Ceremonial Gold fringe stitched around edges 
- Double thickness/texture of the "Standard Quality" flags
- Long lasting, bright and beautiful
- Designs are through-printed 
- Double and quad stitched edges all around
- Reinforced grommet holes with metal rings for added durability
- Attaches easily to any flag pole (indoor or outdoor)
 
RECOMMENDED USES:
- Indoor use
- Parades, events and honor displays
- Schools, civic events, court rooms, scouting
- Long term decoration use
- Caskets, Ambassadorial quarters

Note: The gold fringe is securely attached but not for weather usage.

 
Civic Quality - Nylon Embroidered
 
- Designs are embroidered  (not printed)
- Superior look and feel
- Bright thread adds texture and weight
- Long lasting, waterproof, tear and fray resistant material 
- Double and quad stitched edges all around
- Reinforced grommet holes with metal rings for added durability
- Attaches easily to any flag pole
 
RECOMMENDED USES:
- Outdoor display use on poles
- Permanent flag displays (i.e. not taken down at night/rain)
- Excellent for events indoor/outdoor, parades
- Schools, churches, civic uses

 
Military Quality - Double Nylon Embroidered (2 ply)
 
- Our toughest, most beautiful flags
- Double Ply Nylon is highest rated flag construction
- Twice the thickness and stamina of any other flag
- Designs are embroidered on both sides
- Superior look and feel to printed flags
- Bright thread adds texture and weight
- Long lasting, waterproof, tear and fray resistant material 
- Double and quad stitched edges all around
- Reinforced grommet holes with metal rings for added durability. 
- Attaches easily to any flag pole
 
RECOMMENDED USES:
- Armed conflict, battlefields, military encampments
- Ships at sea, heavy weather, wilderness
- Permanent flag displays (all weather)
- Indoor honor displays, memorials
 
 
Premium Quality - Cotton Authentic
 
- Beautiful, full textured and striking
- Cotton weave looks, feels and moves properly
- Designs are embroidered
- Attaches easily to any flag pole
 
RECOMMENDED USES:
- Re-enactment, historical drama
- Indoor displays, Museums
- Honor Guards, Color guards*
- Caskets,  Memorials, Funerals
- Official Uses, diplomatic display
- May be too heavy for long term marching use. See Nylon flags for lighter alternatives.