Being maintenance free and possessing high strength, low weight and low
cost, aluminum is by far the most popular choice. Aluminum is weather resistant and will last
longer than any other material used.
External Halyard System: A braided polyester rope
through a stationary pulley at the top runs down the outside of the pole and is secured using a
cleat. This is a relatively inexpensive rigging system and is used where flag security is not an
issue. Flag wrapping can be a problem due to the stationary top.
Internal Halyard systems: A combination of stainless
steel cable and durable plastic chain routed through the interior of the shaft and secured using
a fastening hook. Access to the chain and hook is protected by a locked door. A revolving cap or
ball top is standard and prevents the flag from wrapping. Internal halyard systems are used
where vandalism is a concern.