When you bring home a flag from Elmer’s Flag and Banner, you’ll want to fly it with pride. The weather, however, doesn’t always cooperate with your ambitions. If you want your flag to last for a long time, you need to protect it from the worst of your area’s severe weather.

Preventing tears, wear, and decay in the face of poor weather gets easier when you:

Keep Flags Away From Tree Limbs

Tree limbs are among the most infamous flag-damaging culprits. If you position it next to a large tree, it can easily get caught on that tree’s branches. What’s more, branches that fall during a bad storm can bring them down with them, resulting in mud stains, tears, and other forms of damage.

If at all possible, keep them as free from obstruction as you can. The further your flag is from trees (or, in the city, other buildings), the longer it’s likely to last.

Protecting Your Flag from Severe Weather

Wipe Your Flag Down

Not every flag consists of the same material. As such, you’ll want to treat each of them with care. After a substantial storm, consider lowering and wiping it free of water, snow, or other debris. This maintenance can prevent them from bleaching or losing their luster. 

However, note that spot maintenance will differ for those made out of cotton versus those made out of nylon. Make sure you don’t use any dangerous chemicals on it, or else you’ll risk pre-emptive damage. 

Bring Your Flag Inside

The simplest way to protect it from severe weather damage is to bring it indoors. While, yes, you won’t be able to keep it on display until the weather passes, you can prevent any snags, rips, or water damage that might otherwise make it unwieldy. 

Store it somewhere safe and consider spot-repairing any damage you notice when you bring it in. As soon as the weather clears, you can raise it once more.

Seek Out Professional Repairs

If it appears that it is severely damaged, or if you’d rather not go about repairing it on your own, get in touch with an area professional. Flag restorationists can mend tears, reinvigorate faded colors, and ensure it is safe to fly.

Elmer’s Flag and Banner Is Ready for You

Bringing a flag home to fly is one thing. Maintaining them is another. To keep them flying as proudly as possible, research proper maintenance ahead of your purchase. When you know how to position and care for it, it can serve your home for a long, long time.

For more information about the flags available in your area, get in touch with the Elmer Flag and Banner team.