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Tips to prevent flagpole noise disturbance

10th Jul 2024
By sarah-jane grainger |
Advice | Flagpoles | Flags |

Flagpoles are a symbol of pride and patriotism. However they can sometimes create unwanted noise, especially in windy conditions. Whether it’s a residential, commercial, or public setting, excessive flagpole noise can be disruptive. Read on for some practical tips for helping keep your flagpole from making too much noise. This will allow you to enjoy the sight of your flag without the disturbance.

Why do flagpoles make a noise?

You may be surprised that flags can make excessive sound. It’s just material after all! There are a few reasons why noise can occur. The main issue is the clanging of snap hooks and rope weights on the flagpole during high winds. The other cause of sound is the flag itself whipping in high winds. Nylon flags cause a greater disturbance than other materials such as polyester.

What can be done to help prevent noise?

Here are a few tips to help reduce the noise of your flag and flagpole during high winds:

Proper flag size and material

Opt for a flag that is appropriately sized for your flagpole. An oversized flag can catch more wind, increasing noise levels. Choose a flag made from durable, lightweight materials, such as polyester. This is less likely to flap loudly in the wind. Our Harrison Eco™ material is the eco-alternative to its knitted polyester alternative. It has the same durability, strength and versatility as polyester too!

Flag of the United Kingdom

Flag rotation system

Some flagpoles, including our commercial glassfibre flagpoles have an option swivel arm. This allows the flag to rotate freely with the wind, reducing the chances of it getting tangled and creating noise. Swivel arms also ensure your message will always be seen, as the flag follows the wind.

Flagpole maintenance

Regular maintenance of the flagpole can help minimise noise. Ensure that the flagpole is securely anchored and properly lubricated to prevent squeaking or rattling. Tighten any loose fittings and inspect the flagpole for signs of wear or damage. The Harrisons team can provide a comprehensive service for your flagpole. Contact us to book your service.

Flagpole undergoing a maintenance service

Flagpole location

Position the flagpole away from structures, trees, or other obstructions that may cause turbulence and increased sound. Choosing an open area with good airflow can help reduce wind resistance and flagpole noise.

Flag etiquette

Adhere to proper flag etiquette, including raising and lowering the flag at appropriate times and in accordance with local regulations. Avoid leaving the flag flying in inclement weather conditions that could exacerbate noise levels.

By implementing these practical tips, you can effectively reduce flagpole noise. Whether it’s in your garden, at a commercial property, or in a public space, maintaining a quiet flagpole enhances the visual appeal and ensures a peaceful environment.

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