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Old 17-05-2011, 09:49   #1
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Flag Longevity . . .

Not sure if I am in the correct sub-forum but I thought I'd start here.

Just purchased two US flags. One is 100% nylon and the other says "100% cotton bunting". Both are made by Annin flag company. I went to the web site and the site says both are "fantastic" regarding sun, outdoor use etc offense to them but of course they would indicate the flags are terrific.

I am going to have both flags flown over the Pentagon here in DC, keeping one and offering the other to a friend.

My question is which do you think would last longer flying in the sun and being used on a live-aboard vessel if flying the flag as routinely required? The Nylon or the 100% cotton bunting one? I will say the cotton one feels nothing like any cotton I've felt before.

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Re: Flag longevity....?

According to one source, the nylon should give the greatest longevity in wind and rain and against UV light:

Comparing Flag Fabrics

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Re: Flag longevity....?

Bunting is a fabric which is usually decorated with national colours, often made of cloth (cotton or worsted wool), polyester, nylon, plastic or even paper.

The best flags to use outdoors are made of nylon, as they are weatherproof, light and durable, and they wave easily in the breeze.

Cotton (bunting) flags look nice, but they aren't waterproof as they absorb a lot of water. Nylon bunting doesn't hold water. Nylon bunting repels it, making it a better choice.
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Re: Flag Longevity . . .

THanks to both of you regarding this question, looks like Nylon for the boat, Cotton Bunting for my friend.

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