How to choose the right flag

Learn about the options available for customizing your flag. This information will help you understand the differences between single-sided and double-sided flags, sizes, and attachment options.

Flag Sides

Single-Sided Flags

A single-sided flag is one layer of fabric. The artwork fused into the fabric on one side, which is 100% visible and can also be seen on the reverse side at about 80% visibility, or in other words, slightly faded. If there is text, it will appear correctly on one side and then in reverse when viewed from the other side. Some prefer the text to be legible on both sides and therefore choose a double-sided flag. The single-sided flag flies easier in the wind since it's lighter weight, but not as durable as a double-sided flag.  This style of flag will wear faster than a double-sided flag. 

Double-Sided Flags

A double-sided flag has two outer layers of fabric, created the same way as above, but also has a middle layer that prevents light from passing through the flag. This is done so that the artwork from one side can not be seen through from the other side.  This type of flag is usually chosen if there is text that needs to be legible on both sides of the flag and/or a more robust flag is desired. This flag needs more wind to fly since it's about 3 times heavier than a single-sided flag.

Flag Sizes

Smaller flags will fly better in light wind compared to a larger flag with the same sides. If you don’t expect a lot of wind, a smaller single-sided flag would be preferred.  On the other hand, if you expect a lot of wind, you could use a larger size (a double-sided flag would be preferred due to its durability).

When attaching the flag to a fixed pole, it’s up to the wind speed to fly the flag.  For moving attachments points such as a handheld flagpole, artificial wind can be introduced by waving the flag pole back and forth but keep in mind the weight of the flag itself.  Muscle strength should be taken into account. Additionally, when attached to a boat, car, truck, motorcycle, or ATV significant wind speeds will be introduced therefore, larger flags can be used but a more durable flag would be preferred.

Flag Attachments

2 Grommets

The standard attachment uses 2 grommets on a reinforced strip to secure the flag. This is the strongest attachment method and recommended for any flag expected to see strong winds.

4 Grommets

As an alternative, grommets can be set in each corner. Single-sided flags have reinforcements behind each grommet while double-sided flags use the 3 fabric layers of the flag. In general, the 4 grommet option is best for handheld or non-moving display of the flag.  


This attachment allows flags to be flown on flagpoles 1-inch in diameter or less.  Available as a pocket (closed on the top side) as well as open (open on both top and bottom).  Fabric ties are set at each opening for tieing to the flagpole.

If you need additional help choosing the size and style for your application, please contact us.