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Flagpole Spacing

When installing a flagpole(s), the free area surrounding should be considered for the optimal fly zone of a flag. This is especially important to preserve the life of your flag where it doesn’t beat against other objects and cause damage. Now a general rule of thumb is to set poles apart about half the size of the pole. So if you have a 20’ flagpole, the next pole should be about 10 feet away from that. Interested in a more detailed method?  Some factors for consideration are the size of the flag, the give of the halyard and the flex of the pole; keeping in mind when the flag will need to fly at half-staff. When flying a flag, the distance between poles will at least need to be the width of the flag on a pole—a 3x5’ for example, should at least be 5 feet away. With the other factors in mind, a third of the flag’s width can be tacked on to that measurement (just for safety) plus about 4 more inches for the halyard. Keep in mind there is no set standard for spacing, though these guidelines should bring great results for your flag's fly zone.

References in this writing come from USA Flag Site