Showcasing Old Glory on a 40 ft tall, super majestic flagpole can really make it stand out in your neighborhood or at your business. Here's what you can expect when you go through the process of picking out and installing a 40 ft flagpole for your yard or office. A flagpole of this size isn't something you just pick up at the hardware store - it takes some careful thought and planning to get it right. Let me walk you through some of the biggest considerations.
The first decision is what material you want the pole to be constructed from. You'll typically be choosing from aluminum, steel or fiberglass. I'd avoid wood because it rots and requires a lot of upkeep. Aluminum is lightweight and weather-resistant, plus it won't rust which is nice.
The downside is aluminum can bend in high winds if you don't get a thick enough diameter. Steel is super strong and durable, but it's heavy and will eventually rust if the coating isn't maintained. I've seen some cool fiberglass models but they're pricey. Depending on your climate and wind conditions, I'd recommend aluminum or steel. Can't go wrong with either.
About diameter - I made the mistake of going too narrow with a 5 inch diameter pole. It shook like crazy once I got the 3x5 foot flag on there! I'd suggest a minimum of 6 inches, especially if you live in a windy area or ever plan on flying a large flag. Yeah it costs more, but worth it to avoid continual vibration and swaying. Don't skimp here if you can avoid it.
Okay, so now you gotta decide on in-ground mount or wall mount. I planted my pole in the ground but that requires digging deep, at least 4-6 feet. And you'll need a good concrete footing at the base, otherwise your pole's not going anywhere. If you don't have the equipment or ability to dig and pour concrete, hiring an installation pro is probably wise.
The upside is you can position a ground mount flagpole pretty much anywhere in your yard. Wall mounts are simpler for DIY but require a strong, secure wall or pillar. Just know it limits your positioning options.
Here's a quick tip if you're rigging the rope and pulley system yourself - spend the extra money on quality halyard material, cleats and snaps. I tried to save money with cheap rope and hardware.
Bad call, it frayed and broke in the first month from the friction. From now on I only buy sturdy polypropylene halyard line rated for outdoor use. It's safer and will last way longer. Those little details make a difference.
I could go on about light kits, finial balls, truck assemblies and other accessorizing, but let's hit the big stuff to wrap up. Do your homework and read reviews before picking a brand. I had no clue flagpoles ran from $500 to $5000 until I started digging in.
There are a few specialty companies that focus just on flagpoles and have the quality craftsmanship. Be willing to pay for a durable, made in America product. It's totally worth it from a structural standpoint and just feels good too.
Finally, don’t cut corners when installing your flagpole. This seems obvious but properly burying the base in concrete, allowing for the right setback from buildings, getting the height and angles precise - it takes work! But a little extra time here gives you peace of mind for decades to come.
Now that my epic 40 footer is up, I look forward to many great years of proudly flying Old Glory and soaking up the reactions from patriotic passersby. It just feels good repping the red, white and blue. I hope these pointers help you pick out a flagpole you'll treasure for life! Let freedom wave!