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Choosing an internal or external halyard

11th Jun 2024
By sarah-jane grainger |
Advice | Flagpoles |

When purchasing a flagpole, you’ll need to decide on the halyard system you’d like. Halyards are the roping used to hoist or lower the flag on the pole. You can opt for an internal or external system. In this article we’ll discuss the factors that may play a part in your decision for either system.

External halyard system

As denoted by its name, the external system positions the rope on the outside of the flagpole. The finial at the top of the flagpole allows the flag to move with the wind. This reduces the stress on the halyard. The rope is held down with a cleat. External halyards have the benefit of the rope being easily accessible. This is useful when raising or lowering the flag.

Cleat with halyard

With the flag’s rope being outside the flagpole, it is exposed to the elements. It is then subject to wear and tear from wind and rain. There is also a risk of theft if the flagpole is in a public place.

Internal halyard system

As the name suggests, an internal halyard system positions the rope inside the flagpole. You can access the rope via a small, lockable plastic or metal door. This gives a more streamlined aesthetic to the flagpole and provides an added security feature.

Metal door of internal halyard

With the rope inside the flagpole, it leads to reduced noise from it hitting the flagpole in the wind. The rope is also protected from harsh weather conditions, and an internal system can deter theft of the flag.

Choosing internal or external halyard

The choice between internal and external halyards is not just about aesthetics. It also involves considerations of security, weather exposure and the ease of operation. You may prioritise the accessibility of an external roping system or the streamlined appearance of an internal system. Harrison Flagpoles can supply both types of halyard system for your flagpole.

Maintenance of halyards

Regardless of whether you opt for internal or external halyards, they need to be maintained. It should be visually checked weekly for signs of wear or fraying. If necessary, replace the halyard by sewing the end of the new halyard to the end of the old halyard. Pull the new halyard through the top of the flagpole.

Twice per year, you should check there is no wear of an external halyard. Alternatively, check the operation of the lock for internal systems. Once per year, specialists should carry out a full service/inspection of the flagpole.

You can view our full maintenance recommendations, which are available to download from our website. Our team of engineers can service your flagpoles when needed. Get in touch for more information by emailing sales@weareharrisons.com or calling 01325 390195.

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