Which Flag Material Is Right For Me?

flag material diagram showing information about cotton, polyester and nylon flagsOne of the questions we get asked most frequently here at Gettysburg Flag Works is “what type of flag material is right for me?”

There are a lot of options out there when it comes to what flags are made of, so this is definitely a valid question, and a good one to ask if you’re thinking about purchasing or custom ordering a new flag.

Popular Flag Materials & Their Advantages

Curious about your options when it comes to flag materials?

We’ll review three of the most popular materials used in our flags and the advantages of each so you can make a well informed decision when selecting your next flag!


Cotton is a very authentic flag material. It’s great for indoor use and ideal for reenactors since it’s a traditional choice, but it’s not a great choice for everyday flying.

In general, cotton is among the less durable flag materials, so if you’re hoping to fly your flag daily and want it to last for years, cotton isn’t your best bet.


If you like the look and feel of cotton but you want to be able to fly your flag on a daily basis,  heavy duty polyester is probably a good flag material choice for you. It’s more durable than cotton, which makes it great for flying in high winds and more able to stand up to bad weather.

Because of its durability, polyester is also a good choice for larger flags on taller flagpoles.


Nylon flags are the superior choice for most people in most places. Flags made of this material are durable, plus they fly in the slightest of breezes and they dry quickly after wet weather.

Our Battle Tough all-weather nylon flags are among our best selling products. They feature X-box stitching on the corners for added durability, plus we use a thicker grade thread throughout the flag to make it even stronger.

Check out the video below for a look at American flags made of each of the materials listed above.

Shopping for a New Flag? We’ve Got You Covered!

At Gettysburg Flag Works, we carry thousands of flags made of a variety of materials. Whether you’re looking for an authentic cotton flag or a durable nylon flag that will stand the test of time (and wind and weather), our team has a flag that will meet your needs.

Browse our selection of flags and banners here. See something you like? Place your order online or give us a call at 1-888-697-3524 to order over the phone!

Looking to order a custom flag? You can learn more about our custom options here, and request a quote for your unique design here.

Still not sure what type of flag material will work best in your specific instance. No problem! Just call us at 1-888-697-3524 or contact us online and we’d be happy to point you in the right direction.

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