There’s no better way to show your patriotism than by displaying an American flag in front of your home or business. While the American flag historically represents the 13 original colonies and 50 states of the union, it has since become symbolic with freedom and independence — the values for which our nation stands.
But it’s frustrating when you’re trying to display an American flag in front of your home or business, only to have the flag to wrap around the pole. This doesn’t have to prevent you from showing your patriotism. Rather, consider the following tips to keep your American flag from wrapping around the pole.
Display It Around a Windbreak
Flags usually wrap around the pole from which they are mounted during strong winds. While you can’t control the wind, you may be able to protect your flag from it. When choosing an area to display your American flag, look to see if it contains a windbreak. Large trees, wood fences, hills, rocks and even sheds are all windbreaks that will block wind gusts, preventing them from wrapping your flag around the pole. It’s not a foolproof solution, but a windbreak can certainly reduce the risk of your flag wrapping around the pole.
Use a Rotating Flag Pole
Because it’s such a common problem, some flag poles are designed specifically to keep the flag straight. They feature a rotating pole or base that turns automatically during strong winds. Traditional flag poles, of course, don’t rotate. When a strong gust of wind occurs, it forces the flag to wrap over the pole. Rotating flag poles (like these) are designed to prevent this from happening by allowing the pole to rotate with the wind.
Use an Anti-Furling Kit
There are also anti-furling kits and devices that will prevent your American flag from wrapping around the pole. They essentially work in a similar way as rotating flag poles by allowing the pole — or area of the pole from which the flag is mounted — to rotate with the wind. Because they are sold at kits, however, they maybe cheaper than full-sized rotating flag poles and dependent on the size of the flagpole on which they are installed.
Choose a Heavier, Higher-Quality Flag
The quality of your American flag can affect whether or not it wraps around the pole. Cheap, low-quality flags are typically made of thin materials, whereas premium, high-quality flags are made of thicker materials. Because of their thicker design, high-quality flags are heavier than their low-quality counterpart, which naturally helps to anchor them in place.