What flagpole do I need?
What pole you need depends on what you are trying to achieve with your flagpole and of course, your budget.
Pretty much all flagpoles fly the flag equally well, so it comes down to how big and how much.
If you live in an average Australian house and just want to fly the flag to show your allegiance and pride in your country or your footy club, then the chances are that a 6m pole will do the job, and an un-tapered one at that because they are more economical than a tapered pole. Your choice is then dependant on the winds in your area and the chances of vandalism or casual flag theft.
On the other hand, if you live on fifty acres and have a four storey mansion on top of a mountain, a 6m pole will look like a pimple on a pumpkin and a more substantial pole is justified.
Do I need Council approval?
No, but be aware that council approval is required in Australia for flagpoles more than 10m tall even if they fly a national flag, any nation, not just Australia. Of course if you are flying business related flags rather than the National flag then the council will consider the flags signage and council permission will be required. Simply put, poles under 10m tall don't need council approval, but the flag you fly might.
If using flags and poles as a form of signage for a business, then you will want either a single large pole that makes a landmark statement, of a group of smaller poles set out in a cluster or line reasonably close together. 8m is usually the height limit for this application as anything taller gets lost in power lines and the general streetscape well above the eye line of passing traffic.
Whether you are buying a flag pole for a business, your home or holiday shack, the answers to the following questions will help you choose the best pole for you.
- If you just want to fly the flag, then go with 6m
- If you want to make a statement, then go with 8 m or taller.
- If the budget for the pole is critical, stick with a garden master style.
- If the pole will be in a high wind area, go with a 6m Heavy duty garden master, an 8m or 10m pole.
- If the pole will be in a secure location, then go with an external halyard rope.
- If the pole is likely to be vandalised then go with an internal halyard.
- If you want your pole to be a landmark, then go with 25+m tall and sign write and illuminate the pole!
How tall is that pole and how tall a pole do I want?
There is no right or wrong answer here. If in doubt look at the flagpoles as you drive around town and when you see one you think looks right, find out how tall it is, if necessary, run a tape measure up the halyard rope! Another good trick is to print a digital photo of your house and draw a flagpole on it in the spot you would like to put the pole and to a size that looks good, then scale the height of the pole and you have your answer!
Is bigger better?
Without question! However they cost more, not just to buy, but to maintain and keep dressed in flags. The bigger the pole the better it looks, the bigger and more expensive the flags, the shorter the life of the flag and the more expensive to maintain the pole.
Why tapered, and what is tapered anyway?
A tapered pole is simply one where the tip is a smaller diameter than the base or butt of the pole. Tapered poles look better, but take more effort to make, so they are more expensive. Poles over 6m can suffer from a resonant vibration caused by vortex shedding at specific windspeeds when the pole diameter is constant. By changing the diameter of the pole, the windspeed changes at which various parts of the pole want to vibrate, so tapered poles do not suffer as much from resonant harmonics and this is why we don't make many untapered poles taller than 6m.