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What Flag Material is Best

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.  

Basic facts:

  • 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:

  • Flexibility
  • 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.