How to Compare Fiberglass and Aluminum Flag Poles
Flying a flag is a way to show national pride or display the flag of a specific organization. They are also used by bands who carry flags during their performances. Before you can hang up the flag, you have to install a flagpole to hold it. Flagpoles are available in a variety of materials, including aluminum and fiberglass. When deciding on what type of flagpole to buy you should compare the two materials and see which fits your purpose best.
Consider using an aluminum flagpole if you are carrying it in a parade or band. Fiberglass flagpoles are heavier than aluminum and will quickly cause exhaustion if held for long periods of time.
Purchase a fiberglass flagpole if you live in an area prone to lighting strikes since fiberglass does not attract lighting like aluminum flagpoles do.
Purchase an aluminum flag pole in areas that receive high winds, such as mountains or desert plain areas. Metal poles come in a wider range of wind resistance ratings, so you can find one that is appropriate for your area.
Choose fiberglass flagpoles in regions where acid rain occurs since the rain will not damage or corrode the fiberglass like it will aluminum.
Choose fiberglass flagpoles if you want a pole color other that metallic. Aluminum poles can be treated so they appear silver, dark brown, bronze or gold. If you want any other color, go with a fiberglass pole.
Choose an aluminum flag pole if you are trying to keep the purchase cost down since aluminum poles are lighter than fiberglass and cost less to ship.
Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.
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