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13 Nov, 2017

 

Life of a flag:

Longevity
There are huge amounts of variables which affect and therefore determine how long a flag may
last. The expected life will also differ across styles of flags. If all due care is taken, a flag can be
expected to last many months. However, they have lasted less than three months on occasions,
having been damaged by severe conditions, or by hitting against a roof or a wall during flying.
A Street Flag, by their nature and design, will have a much shorter life span than any other flag
product.
It is advisable to use TA717 or TA700 (raw cut) for extended life when purchasing a Street Flag
or a Custom Flag that may be left out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
TA099 (double sided block out) is ideal for periodic events, indoor and outdoor. TA099 is not
suitable for Custom Flags, Street Flags or Swing Arm Banners (used outside).
It is important to manage your clients’ expectations of the longevity of their Flag. This time
frame will vary across the range of Flags that are available to you.

 

Fabric Choices
TA700 and TA717 flag fabric will outlast TA065 flags, due to its unique lock-knit construction.
TA099 (double sided block out) is a better option for events rather than frequent point of sale
usage, as long term exposure to Ultra Violet rays (UV) can affect the fabric.
TA065 flags are ideal for Cosmic flags and have great durability and the best longevity due to
no ‘fly-edge’ (as is apparent on WindBlade Flags). TA065 fabric is also suitable for Swing Arm
flags (such as for Real Estate Agents) where usage is more occasional.

 

Ultra Violet
Water Based dyes are used in the printing process and this means that Ultra Violet (UV) rays
affect the flags quicker than some other print processes. Some colours will deteriorate quicker
than others. UV rays and high winds cause the breakdown of fibres in flags, particularly around
the extremities and sewn edges. As light does not ‘illuminate’ the back of Double Sided flags,
the impression is that UV affects Double Sided flags quicker. We suggest avoiding solid
background colours (such as black) as these are known to fade faster than other colours.
We are continuing to research improved UV protection on all fabric options - so you can be
assured you are getting the best option available.

 

Wind
Prevailing conditions will largely determine the longevity or the life of a flag. A flag that is flown
in extreme conditions will not last as long as a flag flown in more temperate climates.

 

Fly Freely!
To increase the life of your flag, ensure that it flies freely. It should not be impeded by
surrounding structures. It is important that it is properly attached to the pole so that it does not
wrap itself around it repeatedly. If you wish to maximise its life, bring it in each evening and in
bad weather. Note, flags are not designed to be secured by all four corners.

 

Colour Matching
PMS colours are advised should you require colour-matching. While Digital Printing gives you
the best chance to achieve colour accuracy, it is not always possible to achieve an ‘exact’ match
therefore we always recommend an A4 pre-production proof.

 

Care
Expect accelerated deterioration of flags where close to coastal conditions.
The life of a flag also depends upon its flying time. A flag that is flown constantly (24 hours per
day, seven days a week), cannot be expected to last as long as a flag flown during the day and
then brought in in the evening or in extreme weather conditions. It must be recognised that the
flying time of a constantly flying flag is more than doubled, thus its life is considerably reduced.

 

Print Methods
Both Digitally Printed and Screen Printed methods are available. Pricing is based on the size,
quantity and number of colours within the artwork. Please contact to us to discuss the best
solution for you.

 

Screen print
• Best for colour penetration
• Better cost where quantity is high and / or solid colours are present
• Flag longevity same as digital TA70 0 ( best raw cut TA7 0 0 )
• Better UV longevity than digital

 

Digital print
• Ideal for complex images and / or shorter runs
• Can be sampled at little or no cost
• Flag longevity same as screen print ( best raw cut TA 7 0 0 )
• PMS colour matching available

 

Washing & Care Instructions
• Cold wash with mild detergent
• Do not bleach
• Do not soak
• Do not leave rolled up
• Hang up immediately
• Do not tumble dry
• Do not dry clean

 

Promo theme – summer re-skin



*offer expires 20th December 2017 or while stocks last. 
*offer limited to windblade, cosmic, zone & phoenix flags only.
*offer not to be used in conjunction with any other discounts or promotional offers
*offer based on standard list price
*offer based on quantities 1 - 10 units & cannot be used on any bulk order quotes.

 



*offer expires 20th December 2017 or while stocks last. 
*offer limited to 3000mm x 3000mm & 3000mm x 6000mm gazebo’s only
*offer not to be used in conjunction with any other discounts or promotional offers
*offer based on standard list price
*offer based on quantities 1 - 2 units & cannot be used on any bulk order quotes.

 


*offer expires 20th December 2017 or while stocks last. 
*offer not to be used in conjunction with any other discounts or promotional offers
*offer based on standard list price
*offer limited to a maximum of 10-units per customer & cannot be used on any bulk order quotes.

 

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