How to Install FlagsAPRIL 20, 2020| SpeedPro
Nearly every business can benefit from the eye-catching movement of custom flags. Outside, they create a dynamic display that puts your brand in front of everyone that walks or drives by. Inside, they pull people in at conferences and improve your company’s image within your place of business. You can also use flags to help market items, direct customers and advertise events — the options are endless, and they are a great way to improve your advertising efforts.
In this guide, we’ll discuss the various types of flags and how to assemble them, so you can be ready to utilize flags at your place of business or upcoming event.
What You Need to Assemble a Flag
Installing a flag is fast and straightforward, allowing you to easily set up flags at conventions, events, outside areas, lobbies and much more. Most flags are lightweight, especially those that use fiber flag poles, and you typically don’t need any special tools to install them.
There are three major components to any custom marketing flag: the graphic, the pole and the base. Many flags from SpeedPro come with a ground-stake base and are compatible with a variety of other base types. Some flags also have special bases built-in.
SpeedPro graphics are vibrant and weather-resistant, and depending on the flag design, light enough to move with the wind. Sizes span a wide range, and SpeedPro flags can reach up to 18 feet tall. When it comes to the shape of the flag, the most common varieties are:
- Teardrop: Teardrop promotional flags have poles that bend over the top of the flag and hold it steady. They are tauter than other designs, which is good for applications in which you would like the flag to stay still.
- Feather: Teardrop and feather flags are very similar in style and shape. A feather flag has a shape with curves on the top and bottom, somewhat resembling a feather. The pole follows the curve slightly at the top.
- Straight: Straight flags look similar to feather flags, except the bottom edge is straight, offering slightly more space for your design.
- Edge: The edge flag is a simple rectangle with a bar extending from the pole at a right angle to hold the flag.
The type of base you can install your flag in is more dependent on the environment in which you will be placing it. Base types from SpeedPro include the following:
- Ground stake: The ground stake is a simple stake you can jam into the dirt to keep your custom outdoor flag in place. However, it won’t be much of a match for high winds or other harsh weather conditions. It also may not be suitable for certain landscapes, like rocky terrain or loose soil. If you’re placing it indoors, it won’t work there either, but if you just need to place your flag in a patch of dirt, the ground stake should do the trick.
- Cross base: A cross base is made of two crisscrossing straight bars. The cross base allows you to place your flag in terrain that may not accept a ground stake and helps keep it steady. It is compatible with weightier components like the water ring fillable base.
- Steel square base: A steel square base can be secured on the floor or flat ground for added stability.
- Stackable base: You can combine a stackable base with others of the same type to add height and weight.
- Drive-over base: A drive-over base uses the weight of a vehicle to hold the flag in place.
- Auger stake: Auger stakes are sturdy bases that are drilled into the ground.
- Fillable base: You can fill this type of base with up to seven gallons of water or sand for stability.
- Water ring fillable base: This type of collapsible base can be filled with up to one gallon of water and used with the cross base or the square steel base.
How to Set Up Different Types of Flags
Once you’ve decided where you’re going to place your flag, set up is easy, but can vary based on the type of flag. With all SpeedPro flags, you don’t need any additional hardware. Depending on your base, a hammer or mallet may be helpful to drive it into the ground, but often isn’t necessary.
The different types of SpeedPro Flags include:
1. Zoom Flex
Zoom Flex flags are the most straightforward type of flag to assemble and can range in size and shape, but all follow a similar approach to set up:
- Take out your base, if applicable, and place it where it needs to be. Add sand or water to any fillable bases. If temperatures are or will be below freezing, do not use a water-fillable base. You may need to use another weighting option like a sand-filled or drive-over base.
- Poles typically come in multiple parts, so you’ll need to attach them to each other. Slide the components together to complete your pole. For large flags, it may be easier to put the pole together in sections, to make the next step of sliding the flag into place a little easier.
- Feed the pole into the sleeve of the graphic. If you’ve opted to work in sections for a larger flag, start by sliding in the top portion of the pole. Then, add the lower portion and continue to slide the flag down until it is fully in place.
- Move the hook to meet the bottom of the graphic. Pull the bungee cord through the grommet hole in the graphic and wrap the cord around the hook securely.
- Attach your flag to the base.
2. Wind Dancer
Wind dancer flags come in standard, LT and Mini designs for all sorts of applications. The setup follows these steps:
- Assemble the base. Put it where you want it to be and insert the pole, tightening it in place with the mechanisms of each model. The LT, for instance, has three supporting poles, while the standard design has four and a base that comes in multiple parts.
- Connect the smaller pole to the larger one with the rings for the grommets in place. The Mini does not have any grommets, and you’ll need to slide the graphic in place instead.
- Attach the graphic with the grommets and rings or by sliding it in place for the Mini.
- Adjust the height of the pole as needed and tighten. You can also fill the base with sand or water at this point for added stability.
Partner With SpeedPro for Custom Marketing Flags
Whether you need grand opening flag banners, outdoor marketing flags or any other kind of promotional flag for your business, the experts at SpeedPro can help. Our nationwide network of over 120 studios maintains a consistent, high standard for our quality of work with fast service, color matching and more. Plus, you’ll get exceptional customer service with each job.
To get a new eye-catching display fluttering in the breeze in front of your place of business, directing attendees to your booth or fulfilling some other use for custom flags, you can turn to SpeedPro. Take a look at our flag products or request a quote today to get started on your next marketing move.