A pennant is a flag with three points, shaped like an elongated triangle. The hoist typically is finished with grommets.
Standard pennant sizes are 8″×12″, 12″×18″, 16″×24″ and 20″×30″.
Somewhat like pennant flags, burgees have two points rather than one, with each point forming a V. Burgees are also referred to as “swallowtails.” They normally feature grommets and a stitched heading.
Common sizes are 8″×12″, 12″×18″, 16″×24″ and 20″×30″.
Guidons are similar to burgees, except they feature a more squared-off shape. They have a V formed by two points at the outside end and can often be seen in use by the military.
A common guidon size is 20″×28″.
Banner flags most often in a rectangular shape and may include a pole pocket at the flag’s top or have a grommet finishing. Banners are flown both vertically and horizontally and can have printing on one or both sides. They’re a favorite at events such as sports matches, trade shows and corporate functions. Banners can be hung from a pole, attached to a wall, affixed to a ceiling line or strung between two posts. Banners are often seen in use as promotional and marketing tools.
Typical sizes of horizontal banners include 3′×5′, 3′×6′, 3′×8′, 3&′times;10′. Vertical banners are commonly sized 3′×2′, 5′×2½′, 8′×3′. Across-the-street banners are often 3′×20′, 3′×25′, 4′×30′. When hung over streets, the street’s width and the wording on the banner will dictate the appropriate size.
A feather flag, like its name implies, resembles a large feather. They usually feature reverse printing on the back. They are made from polyester or nylon and include a flat, three foot pole pocket, which is closed at the top of the flag. Finishing can include a leather tab, grommets or a self-adhering strip that connects to the pole at the bottom end of the flag.
The most used sizes include 8′×2′, 10′×2′, 12′×2′, 8′×3′, 10′×3′, 12′×3′, 14′×3′. To fly the feather flag, the pole is simply run through a pole pocket and is then placed in a concrete ground sleeve. A wheel-type base or a spike are also sometimes used to stabilize the flag pole. When purchasing feather flags, you can buy pole kits as separate accessories.
A teardrop banner gets its name because of its resemblance to a large teardrop. Made of polyester or nylon, these banners feature reverse-back printing and a hoist with a secure pole pocket. Popular sizes are 72″×21″, 96″×35″, 120″×44″. When flying, a teardrop banner’s pole is placed over a rugged spike, which has been pounded into the ground. The banner is able to turn a full circle because of the pole’s ball bearing assembly. The pole kit, which is sold separately, comes with a carrying case. Other accessories include a cross base and water weight, which are commonly used for indoor or temporary flying.
Like with feather flags and teardrop banners, sun blades get their name because they resemble a knife blade. Sometimes called “wave banners,” these flags feature reverse-back printing and are usually made of polyester or nylon. A secure pole pocket is sewn along the hoist. The most typical sizes of sun blades include 97″×24″, 132″×28½″, 155″×28½″. Wave sizes are 84″×21″, 120″×33″, 162″×34″. To fly the sun blade, its pole is placed over a solid spike in the ground, and ball bearings allow the blade to turn a complete circle. Pole kits are sold as separate accessories and include a handy carrying case. When flying the flag indoors or for temporary periods, a water weight and cross base are available.
Most decorative banners are rectangular and are commonly flown in a vertical position. There’s a sewn pole pocket along the top of the banner that fits over a pole that extends at a 90-degree or less angle from a home, office or other structure. Typical sizes are 26″×42″, 34″×44″, 32″×52″, 34″×50″ or 36″×54″.
Letters and graphics on these banners can be applied in such a way that both sides are unique or contain the same message.
Table covers feature a message on one side of their front sections, which are designed to hang over a table. Often made from poly cotton twill or nylon, they come in sizes that fit most standard rectangular display tables – 2½′×6′ and 2½’x 8′.