3 Things you should know before buying a flag

Posted by Joshj on 1/9/2019 to Informative

3 Things you should know before buying a flag

You want to buy a Custom Printed Flag BUT….You want to make certain the custom flag will have the right Print and Fabric Quality you desire?

Here are a few things you will need to know and ask about custom printed flags:

Part A – What Fabrics to choose from?

Part B – What Printing Techniques will give me the best results?

Part C – What Finish Options do I need?

“An educated buyer is a satisfied buyer!”

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What you intend to do with the flag will dictate the fabric to use. Not the other way around! Do call your flag supplier and discuss the best material options. It will save you tons of $!

1. Will it be indoor or outdoor?

  • Indoor flags are usually high quality and can be embroidered, applique, double sided, with extras like tassels and gold fringes. Handing in gymnasiums, government offices like quality American and State Flags or as a professional custom produced presents.

  • Another type of “indoor” flag is also called “fan flag”. Used for events to wave and show your support. Often found in Universities and hanging in dorm rooms and man caves.

  • Outdoor flags - Choose the fabric that suits your particular location, use and weather conditions. See “How Long Will My Flag Last” for the fabric options you have available. Your flag supplier should know all about it all.

Flags on the ship yard


1. Single Sided

Lets being with the most basic and easiest to understand, Single sided flags. As the name would suggest, a single sided flag will display the printed content of one side of the flag. You will be able to view the flag’s beauty from the side it was printed on, however you will be able to view the flag’s content on the opposite side of the print but not with 100% clarity. In terms of cost, single sided flags are the cheapest. Single side flags are ideal if you don’t have a lot of information to display .

Just like the first step, putting your flag out while the wind is blowing like nobodies’ business is exactly how not to keep your flag lasting a long time. You will be surprised how much wind a flag can handle, but just like everything else if the wind is strong enough it will rip right through your flag.

single sided flag
single sided flag
single sided flag

2. Single Sided Reverse

Now here comes the most confusing one of them all, well for me at least, the single sided reverse flags. Surprisingly it’s pretty simply to understand once you have been properly educated. While the single sided flags is printed on one side and can be viewed slightly on the other, single sided reverse flags are printed on both sides with one side being printed in reverse. A simple way to think about it is a reflection in a mirror, view anything in a mirror and you will see the reverse of whatever is being reflected in the mirror, just like a single sided reverse flag

single Reverse flag
single Reverse flag
single Reverse flag

3. Double Sided

Now that we know what a single and reverse sided printed flag is, you probably have figured out what a double-sided flag is. A double-sided flag is a flag which has displays on both sides of the flag, they could be the same content on both sides or different prints on both sides. Double sided flags are ideal if you have a lot of information that you want to display, both sides of the flag will have high quality prints. FYI these flags are usually more expensive than the rest, but Its worth it and looks more professional.

single Reverse flag
single Reverse flag
single Reverse flag


  • Hemming – Banner hems are created by folding a minimum of 1” of material over to the backside of the banner and stitching through the two layers

  • Sleeve – The pole sleeve sometimes called a pole hem—is used instead of grommets to hang a flag indoors; it slides onto any of our indoor flagpoles, and a small leather tab sewn inside the sleeve is used to attach the flag to the pole

  • Grommets – A grommet is a ring or edge strip inserted into a hole through thin material, typically a sheet of textile fabric, sheet metal or composite of carbon fiber, wood or honeycomb. Grommets are generally flared or collared on each side to keep them in place, and are often made of metal, plastic, or rubber.

Flag Printing Term

SS: Single Sided | SR: Single Reverse | DS: Double Sided

I hope that this short blog post has been useful to you. Know can buy your flags with no confusing of what’s what.

I hope you enjoyed these tips to make your flag last longer

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