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Flagpole Buying Guide – What I need to know before buying a Flagpole

9th Feb 2017
By Harrison Flagpoles |
Advice |

What I need to know before buying a Flagpole

Whether you are buying your first flagpole or replacing an existing outdated one, you are bound to find yourself with some burning questions. So, we have put together this guide to help with any queries that you may have.

When it comes to buying a flagpole, there are many different styles and sizes to choose from, meaning the selection process can sometimes leave you a little unsure of exactly what it is you’re looking for. From garden to portable flagpoles, or even if your flagpole is for commercial use, identifying the purpose of why you are buying the flagpole and where it will be installed, will significantly help you in finding the right product for your needs.

Do I need planning permission?

If you are planning to install a flagpole permanently, it is advised that you get planning permission from your local council. Flags mounted on flagpoles come under the definition of advertisement under ‘The Town and Country Planning Act 1990’, therefore permission must be granted. When in the workplace, it is important that you don’t install a flagpole in adverse weather conditions and the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 requires ‘Maintenance of it in a condition that is safe and without risks to health’.

Wind load guarantees

On record, wind speeds in the UK have reached as high as 120 mph, so it is essential that your flagpole can withstand high speeds to avoid any potential accidents or breakages occurring. At Harrison’s we offer wind speed guarantees up to 100 mph (unflagged). We do advise that your flags are taken down at winds above 30 mph and storm flags can be put up in their place, which are ⅓ the size of a normal flag. However, in winds above 45 mph we do advise that no flags are flown. For more information check out our weather conditions blog and our flag care guide.

Thickness of flagpole

The thinner the wall thickness of the flagpole you are installing, the weaker it will be, meaning there may be a risk of the product dismantling, which can be dangerous. Our flagpoles are heavy duty as standard, with thickness varying from 3 mm to 7 mm.

Size of the flagpole

It is important to consider the size of the flag when you are selecting your flagpole height. One of the more popular flagpole sizes is six metres in height.


Before you consider buying your flagpole, it is important to review your installation area to make sure it’s safe. Points to look out for are things such as, avoiding pipes, cables or overhead obstructions such as telephone cables and trees or any other items that may be dangerous.

Flagpole materials

There are many different types of materials available for flagpoles, but popular ones include aluminium or glassfibre. These materials are a great long lasting option and are relatively maintenance free. We recommend glassfibre flagpoles as they are more cost effective, more hard-wearing, have UV protectants and are easier to maintain. However, if aluminium flagpoles are preferred they are available in 3 finishes; powder coated, satin brush or anodised.

All Harrison flagpoles have a 10 year warranty, subject to terms and conditions.

You can download our full flagpole buying guide for all the information you should consider before you purchase.

Harrison Flagpoles have over 40 years’ experience having built a global reputation as a first class flag and flagpole supplier for some of the biggest brands and events in the world. Give us call on 01325 390 195 if you would like to chat through more details of the flagpole buying process. Alternatively, you can contact us via our online enquiry form and discuss your requirements with a member of our team.

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Malcolm Colegate Commented:

25/05/2020 @ 15:05

I have a 4.6 mtr Aluminium Flag pole 3" dia at the base with a small taper to the top, one piece. It is at present bolted to the ground (Tarmac over Concrete)with 4 x 8x60mm Thunder Bolts through a 15cm square plate Galvanised base plate with a 15 cm x 15.5 Dia Galvanised Collar bolted through with two Stainless Steel Bolts my concern is the base plate seems quite thing perhaps perhaps 2/3mm thick. My question is do you do a stronger base plate which would give me greater confidence that the whole thing doesn't keel over on wind gust of 30mph one day!

eb mensa Commented:

03/10/2018 @ 11:14

Sir, I am using a 3' pipe for a 6m high flag pole. What is the wind load on this flag and pole to use for the holding down bolts Existing floor is 200MM MINIMUM RC Advice need now and today, thanks

Flag Geek Replied:

19/10/2018 @ 12:11

We would need a bit more information before we could offer advice. What is the flagpole made of? How many pieces is it? What is the diameter? Is it tapered or parallel? Is the 3’ pipe all below ground and how is it anchored into the ground?