Looking after your flagpole • Piggotts Flags and Branding
Looking after your flagpole
1 October 2021

Flagpoles are an investment, and with regular care, maintenance, and servicing they can stay strong and looking great for many years. A rule of thumb is to inspect your flagpole and its parts whenever your flag is being replaced.

Sewn flags and printed flags are flown all year round, we recommend flags are changed every 3 to 6 months. In some instances clients will change their flags monthly so we offer a variety of flag change services which can be tailored to your individual requirements. You should have and inspection and maintenance on your flagpoles carried out every 6-12 months. Flagpoles can be subjected to extreme weather including high winds, heavy rain, extreme humidity or extreme cold.

Now that Autumn is here, it’s important to have some pre winter maintenance & cleaning on your flagpoles and accessories.

We clean Fibreglass flagpoles with a mild bathroom cleaning solution and water. Flagpoles with anodised finishes, such as clear, bronze or black, do not require cleaning, the anodised colour serves as a protective coating, and cleaning the surface can actually damage them and void the warranty.

Most aluminium flagpoles can be cleaned with mild soap and warm water. By simply attaching a soapy sponge to the halyard, we can clean the pole by raising and lowering the halyard with the sponge attached. If cleaning the flagpole requires more than soap and water, aluminium cleaner does the trick.

Weather can also affect the flagpole’s halyard. The cold weather can cause a halyard to degrade and dry-rot, while salt air can cause the halyard’s fibres to appear “rotted out”. Wind, rain, and humidity can stress the halyard and cause it to fray as well.

Replacing the halyard needn’t require expensive equipment, our team have extensive knowledge and experience in connecting the end of the new halyard to the old one and pulling it up the flagpole and through the truck’s pulley. A little tape around a frayed halyard end will help it pass through the truck’s pulley smoothly. We are sure not to overlap the two ends or use an excessive, bulky amounts of tape so that the rope can glide through the pulley easily.

 Flagpole Maintenance

Piggotts can carry out this service for you as part of your maintenance. We will provide you with a written safety inspection sheet that is valid for 12 months. Please review our Installations & Service section and feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements and arrange a visit.

Piggotts Flags & Branding, Unit 3, Taber Place, Crittall Rd, Witham Essex CM8 3YP
Reg Office: The Maltings, Chelmsford Road, Norton Heath, Ingatestone, Essex CM4 0LQ
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