Our most popular flag materials are nylon and 2-ply polyester and the traditional material cotton. Nylon and polyester are both synthetic fabrics. Nylon tends to be more durable and weather-resistant, with greater flyability in light winds, which is why it is more likely to be used with flags. Cotton is a traditional fabric for flags, combining a classic look with vibrant colors and a beautiful drape.
- Nylon is exceptionally strong, even stronger than polyester
- Nylon and polyester are both abrasion resistant and resistant to damage from most chemicals. Nylon is also resistant to oil
- Both are flammable — nylon melts then burns rapidly; polyester has a higher flammability temperature, but melts and burns at the same time
- Both tend to be wrinkle-resistant, polyester more so. Polyester doesn't stretch of shrink, and is a crisp, resilient fabric whether wet or dry
- Both nylon and polyester have a relatively low moisture absorbency, though nylon's is lower
- Cotton, however, it is not as durable for outdoor use as nylon or polyester, and is more susceptible to weather related wear.
Benefits of NYLON:
- Shiny and brighter with attractive appearance from both sides (be sure to look for uv protection)
- More lightweight material than 2-ply polyester
- Nylon is also usually more cost-effective
- Better for less frequent flying.
Concerns of NYLON:
- Not a resilient as polyester.
- Regular medium to heavy winds may deteriorate the nylon flag more quickly.
Benefits of POLYESTER:
- More robust than nylon
- Longer lifespan due to weight of material.
- Greater flyability in strong winds.
- Dries faster than nylon and will retain color and luster for a longer period of time
- Better for frequent or constant flying
Concerns of POLYESTER:
- Not be as bright and shiny due to matte finish
- Stronger winds are necessary for flyability
Benefits of COTTON:
- Traditional feel
- Classic look with vibrant colors
- Hangs beautifully with a lovely drape
Concerns of COTTON:
- Not as durable for outdoor use.