Page Title: Fiberglass Flagpoles
Production Process: To understand the manufacturing process, envision a metal tube or pipe cut in half length-wise and then hinged back together. This is the steel mold. Instead of wrapping the fiberglass around a mandrel like other manufacturers and waiting for it to dry, we wrap the fiberglass and polyester around a rubber inflatable bladder and then place it inside the steel mold which is coated internally with gel-coat. The bladder is then inflated to high pressure inside the mold. All the air and excess material is forced to the outside and exits through this vent line. This creates the small mold mark you will see. Curing is continued at full pressure and the resulting flagpole is stronger, denser, lighter and longer lasting.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Flagpole
10,000 psi Tensile Strength
120 mph Unflagged Wind Rating
Highest Fiberglass to Polyester Ratio
Latest Aerospace Technology
Never Chalks or Cracks
Revolving Truck, No Lubrication Necessary
The map below shows the maximum steady wind expected at an elevation of thirty feet above ground level within a fifty year period of recurrence. Areas with the same maximum constant or steady wind speed are indicated. Because wind speeds are usually not constant, and gusts are involved, flagpoles (both flagged and unflagged) are listed with a constant wind speed and a 1.3 gust factor. "Warning" - recommended flag sizes throughout this site do not represent a warranty that the flag size shown may be safely flown in all wind speeds. Personal injury, flagpole damage or property damage can occur when flying oversized flags and banners or flying flags in higher winds than recommended. Flagpoles and their associated wind speeds listed assume that ten percent of the overall length of the flagpole is buried per our recommendations at ground level. Special engineering may be required for other applications such as wall or roof mounted flagpoles. Consult an engineer or architect.
Design of safe flagpoles requires knowledge of the loads to which they will be subjected. Principal load acting on flagpoles is wind load and that load must be carefully determined. Maximum wind speeds to which flagpoles are exposed depend on geographical location, whether or not it is in the center of a large city, a small town's outskirts, seashore, at ground level or on the roof of a high building. Wind speeds are generally higher along coastal areas than inland. They are also higher in open country than in the center of cities. Wind speed also becomes greater as height above ground increases. Wind exerts a force on the pole as well as the flag, thus both loads must be added to determine total load. Flags of different sizes are designed to be flown from different poles. Obviously, it is important that flagpoles be selected which are capable of supporting the largest flag intended to be flown in the highest wind speed to which it will be subjected. Loads on flagpoles are resisted by the mounting foundation, roof or wall to which it is secured.
INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY These are the two best words that describe the results of Atlantic Fiberglass Products entry into the flagpole market. Flagpoles have come a long way since the axe man returned from the forest with a 20' cedar on which to hang the family crest. Now the modern fiberglass pole is being transformed and refined into a state of the art product by Atlantic Fiberglass Products, Inc. A simple, but high-tech and carefully thought out solution to an old problem. Next, how do you trim the weight of a 20 to 40 ft flagpole, making them more manageable and easier to install, but still maintain high strength? To answer this question we have to understand that Atlantic Fiberglass flagpoles are made by using an innovative high strength method. Inside a steel clamshell mold, seven layers of reinforced fiberglass roving, mixed with a polyester resin is aligned in a vertical plane for maximum strength and placed on a thick layer of gelcoat. An inflatable bladder is laid the length of the mold. The mold is closed, the bladder inflated and the resulting pole is created by subtle inside pressure and slow curing during an exothermic chemical reaction. The result, a lighter weight, stronger, more slender and graceful flagpole on the market today. So strong in fact, that tensile strength is 50,000 pounds per square inch. Each pole is rated to withstand wind speeds of 120 mph. These are only the major innovations. The predrilled and stainless steel inserts for the cleat bolts, the optional internal halyard winch, and the optional hinge base are the frosting on the cake.
DESIGN AND BEAUTY All of our flagpoles are molded in one piece, using the beautiful Greek Entasis taper design - the classical shape of a candle.
MAINTENANCE FREE Our fiberglass flagpoles will not pit, corrode or rust. This is extremely important near salt water or in rugged weather conditions. Unlike wood that can rot. or aluminum that discolors and pits, our flagpoles have an ultra-hard gel-coat finish that is impervious to all weather conditions.Brilliant white, pre-cast gel-coat finish
REVOLVING TRUCK All poles come with a special designed, high quality, revolving-truck as standard equipment.
10 Years Limited Warranty
Atlantic Fiberglass Products, Inc. warrants that its fiberglass flagpoles
will be free from defects in materials and workmanship, under normal use, proper
installation, and responsible care for a period of ten years from date of first
shipment to the original owner.
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