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Rain, Wind and Flags

Texas Flag on BeachOur weekend in San Leon, Texas was filled with huge storms, accompanied by the hard driving rains and high winds associated with a Texas thunderstorm. I learned a big lesson Saturday that I want to pass on.

Just because you have an outdoor rated flag, able to fly in inclement weather, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to fly the flag during thunderstorms. No, they didn’t get hit by lightning, but repairs are in order. We normally bring our flags inside at the first threat of rain, but the storm stuck quickly and the flags were soaked instantly, and then it was too dangerous to go out and retrieve them

All the flags sold at Flags Bay are outdoor rated and able to fly in inclement weather, per the U.S. Flag Code. But this is hard on the flags, shortening their lives. However, the combination of a heavy, wet flag and high winds can be lethal to your mounting kit.

Mounting kits are built to be lightweight and strong, but at some point that’s not enough. Wet flags and high winds took their toll. Fortunately, we sell a mounting kit, both with flag and without. (scroll to bottom of page)

Several months ago, a terrible storm rolled through our coastal area, causing extensive damage. This same storm ruined many 24/7 flyers and bent the large flagpoles too—and I mean BIG poles.

My suggestion is two fold:

  1. If your flag is flown from a 15′ pole or taller, take your flag in during bad weather if possible. It’s better on the flag and the pole.
  2. If your flag is flown with a small mounting kit, whether at home or business, take them down when the bad weather begins to show itself.

Or, you can learn the hard way, which is my specialty.

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