Show Your Stripes With a Flagpole Holder

Whether you want to fly your colors year-round or show your patriotism on U.S. holidays, a flag holder for house mounting will keep your flag secure. Learn where you should place a flagpole bracket and the tools you need to streamline flagpole installation.

In-ground Flagpole or Wall-mounted Flag Bracket?

Each installation type has its pros and cons. For example, an in-ground flagpole is somewhat more difficult to install. A building-mounted flagpole requires tools and the know-how to use them. When you are deciding which type of flagpole installation you prefer, consider the following factors.

Available Space

If you have a large clear area in your yard, you may opt for an in-ground flagpole. The flag will be more visible from the street, the yard, and your own windows. If you have a lot of landscaping or small yard space, a house flag holder might work better.

Flag Size

The size of the flag you already own or the flag size you want to purchase is likely to be relevant to how you mount it. For example, if you have an oversized flag, it may touch the ground if you hang it from a building-mounted flagpole.

If you have a small flagpole holder, match it up with a small flag. It should measure approximately 2.5 feet by 4 feet. If you are using a 6-foot house flag holder, your flag should be no larger than 3 feet by 5 feet.

The flag size for in-ground poles should be equal to or greater than one-quarter the size of the pole. Use the handy guide below for sizing.

  • Pole measuring 15 feet to 20 feet: 3 x 5-foot flag
  • Pole measuring 20 feet: 4 x 6-foot flag
  • Pole measuring 25 feet to 30 feet: 5 x 8-foot flag
  • Pole measuring 35 to 40 feet: 6 x 10-foot flag
  • Pole measuring 45 feet: 8 x 12-foot flag

One way to determine a good height for your flagpole is by sizing it according to the height of your home. For example, if your house is one story, choose a flagpole that is 25 feet or less. For two-story homes, a pole should be up to 30 feet, and for a three-story house, the pole should be 30 to 40 feet.

Available Time

The time it takes you to install your flag apparatus is another factor that may affect your flag mounting decision. Installing an in-ground pole typically takes more time than affixing a flagpole holder to your house. You need to take hole preparation and cement drying times into account.

Personal Preference

In the end, your personal preference will likely tip the scales in favor of an in-ground flagpole or a house bracket flagpole. Factors like your home style, your landscape design, and how often you will fly your flag all pertain to your individual aesthetic.

How to Install a Flagpole

Before you begin your flagpole installation, gather the tools and supplies you will need. Decide on the location for your house bracket or in-ground pole. If you are digging, check with your local utilities to make sure you won’t be dangerously near any buried cables or wires.

How to Install a Flagpole Holder

When you choose a flag for house installation, make sure the flag will be free of obstructions and high enough so that it doesn’t touch the ground. When your flag comes in contact with other surfaces, it will wear out sooner.

Tools and Supplies List for Building Mounted Flagpole

  • Flag bracket package
  • Level
  • Drill or driver
  • Screwdriver bit
  • Masonry pilot bit, if applicable
  • Flagpole and flag

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Position your flag bracket in the desired location on an exterior wall.
  2. Mark screw locations and pre-drill, using a masonry bit if applicable.
  3. Attach the bracket with provided screws and driver.
  4. Add the flagpole and flag.

Note: If your house exterior is brick, use drill bits and special screws for masonry. Knowing how to mount a flag holder on brick siding is a matter of having the right tools and supplies so you don’t damage the masonry.

Note: If your home has vinyl siding, it’s a good idea to use a mounting block designed for that purpose. Attach the bracket to the block, and then secure the block to the wall. When you know how to install a flag holder on vinyl siding correctly, you can prevent damage such as warped panels later.

How to Install an In-ground Flagpole

Whenever you plan to dig, call your utility provider beforehand to come out and mark the location of underground supply lines. Also, check to make sure that you won’t be digging into sewer or septic tank lines or septic drain fields. If you are wondering how to install a flagpole more than 20 feet tall, enlist the help of friends.

Tools and Supplies Needed

  • Concrete
  • Gravel
  • Tray or receptacle for mixing concrete
  • Hose
  • Shovel
  • Post hole digger/auger
  • Level
  • Plumb line
  • Drill and bits
  • Socket wrench set

Flagpole Install Instructions

  1. Dig a hole, following the included instructions for how to install a flagpole.
  2. Set the sleeve or anchor in the hole. If you are installing the flagpole with a sleeve, it should sit 2 inches above the ground level.
  3. If needed, add gravel to the hole so the sleeve sits at the correct height.
  4. Place a cover over the sleeve while pouring cement into the hole.
  5. Use a pole in the sleeve to check for plumb, and then let the concrete set for 48 hours.
  6. Assemble the pole according to the included instructions.
  7. Complete installing flagpole by fitting it into the sleeve.
  8. Follow the manufacturer’s guidance for how to hang a flag on a pole.
  9. Enjoy!

FAQs on Flagpole Install

What Are Some Alternatives to a Flagpole or a Flag Post Holder?

Use a flag stand. You can adapt a weighted outdoor umbrella stand or even a metal garden flag holder for this purpose. Online tutorials are available on how to build a flag stand too.

How Do You Build Your Own Flagpole?

To build your own flagpole, use a length of galvanized pipe cut to the size you want, plus 3 feet or more that will be underground. Add a pulley set with rope for raising and a metal cleat to hold the rope end securely.

How Do You Attach Flag Clips?

Measure the width of your flag to determine how far apart to place the clips, and mark the rope accordingly. At each mark, make a loop in the rope by pinching it together. Thread this loop through the hook loop. Bring the rope around the head of the hook to secure it. Then, follow your instructions on how to install the flag on the pole with the rope.

Get Advice and Supplies for Your Flagpole Install

Visit your local True Value store to get equipped for your upcoming flagpole install project. You’ll find that the friendly, knowledgeable staff can help with the answers and materials you need. Stop in and build your toolkit today.