First of all, let’s start with the obvious: every property is different, and it’s a good idea to talk with your North Dakota professional flag pole installer about your particular needs. Once you contact us with your questions, we’ll be able to get a better idea of how tall a flag pole and how large a flag you should consider for your property. You can even send us pictures so that we can make a recommendation.
Still, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be part of the process. You might have a firm idea of what you’re looking for in flag pole installation, but there are still some aspects we should point out before you order.
How Far Away Do You Want It Seen?
It’s important to think about how far away you want your flag to be seen when considering the size of your residential flag pole. If your house is just off the highway, you probably want to have a flag pole high enough and a flag large enough so that those driving by can see your patriotism. (And let’s be honest…it works as an excellent way to give directions as well: “just get off the highway and look for the huge American flag”!).
On the other hand, you might be so far out in the country that no more than a few people would ever see it even if it were one of our largest 30’ by 60’ flags. If that’s the case, then you might want to just go with a typical 4’ by 6’ that you can enjoy every time you pull into your driveway.
Of course, all of this goes out the window when commercial flag poles are needed. A major point of commercial flags is that they are able to see seen from as far away as possible and draw the attention of people for miles. That often means getting the biggest flag pole you can find.
Are There Obstructions?
When you’re choosing a flagpole, it’s important to consider any obstructions that could get in the viewing path of the flag. Do you have a tree windbreak surrounding your house but still want the flag to be seen above it? It’s vitally important that you make sure you’re considering all of the viewing angles so that your flag doesn’t end up hidden by its surroundings.
How Tall Is Too Tall?
There are times when a flag pole can actually be too tall. Yes, it’s nice to be able to see your flag from a great distance as you’re driving toward your home, but what about when you’re sitting in the backyard enjoying the weather? Will the flag be so high above your head that you can’t enjoy it at all? Sometimes it’s important to compromise on the height of the flag pole so that it can properly viewed from far away as well as close up.
Are There Rules In Your Neighborhood?
Good news! You can display your American flag no matter what a homeowners association (HOA) says thanks to the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005. An HOA cannot legally restrict you from flying the American flag on your property.
But there are ways that they can get you. For instance, they can legally restrict the place, time, and manner in which it is displayed. That means that they might be able to have some say in the flag pole you choose, what time of day you can display it, and the size.
What’s our view on it? It’s your right to fly your American flag, but it’s also important to respect your fellow Americans. Is it worth making enemies of your neighbors to fly a flag that might seem too large to most people? Most HOAs aren’t going to cause a fuss over a reasonably-sized flagpole and an American-made flag, especially here in North Dakota. Talk to your HOA beforehand about any flag restriction rules, remembering that you always have the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 on your side. Their rules might not even be legal, and kindly letting them know seems the best first course of action.
Let Us Help!
If you’re not sure about the size of flag pole that would work best on your property, we’d love to help you decide. It’s what we do every day, and we’ve seen Old Glory flying proudly in many different locations across the state. Contact NDFlagPoleGuy today with any questions you might have!