flagFlags may be the one of the oldest types of signs used by people. Historians believe that flags were originally created to coordinate the movement of soldiers on a battleground, and that’s why they became so closely associated with the armies or nations that used them.  Now flags are used for all types of purposes such as advertising, decorating, and displaying national pride.

Flag Materials and Durability

Flags can be made out of natural materials, synthetic materials, or a combination. Some of the common materials used for flags include cotton, polyester, and nylon. Of these three materials, cotton is the least expensive but also the least durable.

Another factor that impacts durability is the way the flag was stitched. Most manufactured flags are chain-stitched. These flags have a high risk of unraveling due to loose or damaged threads. Lock-stitched flags are usually more expensive, but they are more durable. Because of their unique stitching method, the threads are locked in place, so a few loose threads cannot cause a large amount of the flag to unravel.

Uses of Flags

You most likely see flags every day. The most common use of flags is to display national, regional, or local pride. These types of flags are proudly displayed at homes, businesses, and government offices. Because there are not only national flags, but also state flags and city flags, there are thousands of different types of flags flying at any one time.

There are also some businesses that will create their own flags. These can be an effective way to advertise. In addition, there are many types of flags for sports teams. These flags let fans proudly display their allegiance during big games. Whatever type of flag you want, you can usually find one, and if you can’t find it, there are many flag manufacturers who make custom flags too.