Nylon or Poly? Which material is the one for you?
American flags are widely produced in two main materials - Nylon and Polyester. Both of these fabrics have strengths and weaknesses. Both of these materials are the top two choices in the industry.
Frequency of Flight:
When Choosing between a nylon flag and a polyester flag, it is important to remember that it will be outside 24 hours a day, from sunrise to sunset. In general, Poly is a better and more durable choice. This material is ideal for a flag that will be more frequently flown. Nylon flags are lighter than Poly - so they fly easier in light winds.
Look and Feel:
Nylon is lightweight and shiny. It feels smoother and has a tighter weave than Polyester. Polyester is heavier and has a cotton like feel. Polyester flags feel rough and have no shine. Typically Nylon flags are used for indoor presentation sets. Polyester flags are used almost exclusively outdoors, although they can be hung indoors if an antique aesthetic is desired.
Location is important to consider when choosing between Nylon and Poly. Nylon flags are lighter than Poly flags, this enables them to fly freely in the slightest breeze. Nylon is the best choice for enclosed areas like suburbs or low wind communities. If you are flying your flag in a location with high wind or near a coast, Polyester would be the best choice. Poly is a heavier material that is more resistant to weather and can be left outside for longer periods of time.
There is a difference in cost between most Poly and Nylon flags. Typically Polyester flags are more expensive than Nylon. However, they also typically last longer than Nylon flags. If you replace your flag regularly, over time, the price difference should be roughly equal. Nylon will be replaced more often, but will cost less than Poly. And Poly will be replaced less often but will cost more. In the long run, we advise our customers to choose whichever material they feel is best.