There are so many different sizes of U.S. Flags that you can fly from a 40-foot Flagpole. And with this internal halyard model, you'll have the perfect Flag flying all the time.
This 40' two section tapered aluminum internal halyard Flagpole has a flagged windspeed rating of 140 mph when flying a 5' x 9.5' MIL SPEC Storm U.S. Flag. The unflagged windspeed is 195 mph.
In addition to the include 5' x 9.5' MIL SPEC U.S. Flag, You can also fly a 6' x 10': 8' x 12': 8.95' x 17': 10' x 19': and also a 12' x 18'. There are many options with a 40' Flagpole.
Now remember that when you increase the size of your Flag then you will decrease the maximum flagged windspeed. For example with an 8' x 12' nylon U.S. Flag flying, the flagged windspeed is 120 mph.
Clients often ask, which is better: internal or external halyard Flagpoles? We like both; it just depends on what you like. Internal halyard Flagpoles however are best for most clients looking for a "perfect" flying Flag, security from unauthorized lowering, and also a clean look with no exposed halyard.
The external halyard Flagpoles are best for those of you who want a larger pole for near the same price as a smaller internal halyard Flagpole, high wind stability, and sharp look of a well trimmed external halyard U.S. Flag.
ApexFlags.com owner's note:
I personally have an external halyard Flagpole. Price was my first option. Also for where my Flagpole is on top of a 6000' rocky mountain ridge where the winds blow hard quite often, external halyard Flagpoles is better. It is a difficult choice to make however, because external halyard Flagpoles do have drawbacks.
External halyard Flagpoles are better in high winds because the hardware is rigged differently, then the internal halyard.
So when you see the windspeed ratings on internal halyard Flagpoles, keep in mind that the set up is more unstable in high winds then external halyard.
What you will find is that with an internal halyard Flagpole in high winds: the counter-weight will begin to loose it's effectiveness. The result is the Flag begins to billow and creates a sail. This sail effect can result in wild thrashing back and forth; which stresses out your hardware, Flag, and Flagpole.
The most common way to prevent this "sailing" effect is to put a retainer ring in the middle of the Flag's header. Simple enough. Yet a trick. Most U.S. Flags under 10-foot hoist do not have a grommet in the middle of the header to accept a retainer ring. So be aware if you don't have a middle retainer ring, you'll find in very heavy winds a large Flag will want to do some wild actions.
External halyard Flagpoles however are a more stable Flag flying platform because the halyard makes a complete loop and secures to a cleat. This prevents the Flag from sailing, unless your cleat knot is very loose.
It's a difficult choice, but I'd say if you have the budget; internal halyard Flagpoles look, secure, and fly the best-generally. Only downside is not as good in high winds.
If you are in a seriously high wind area, then get an external halyard Flagpole from our Tornado Line.
If you are worried about security, you can mount your external cleat higher up the Flagpole shaft and/or use a pad-lock to lock the wire-core rope together. Works great.
If you have any questions, please contact us at Flagpoles@ApexFlags.com
Or please contact our Company Founder and owner - George@ApexFlags.com.