Suggestions for Extending Flag Life from the U.S. government and Veterans organization
by Keith Wilson
Remove flag during extreme high winds and gusts.
Keep the canvas header taut, by placing the snaps that hold the flag far enough apart.
Fly your flag only in the daylight hours. Tests have shown that in some cases a flag flown 24 hours a day will last only 1/4 as long as one flown during day light hours only.
Regularly check your halyard for wear or other hazards.
Trim trees and eliminate other obstacles that may come into contact or in some way be a danger to the flag.
Purchase the correct flag for your pole size and conditions.
You should repair a flag only if you can fly it without the mended area showing and there is no distortion in the flag's shape or design. You should replace a flag that is tattered, worn, faded, or has water damage. A flag designed to withstand high winds is available in an open-weave polyester fabric.
Position the location of your flagpole to prominently show the flag and so it will not come into contact with other obstacles.
When the flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem, it should be destroyed in a dignified and ceremonious fashion, preferably by burning. The American Legion holds an annual ceremony to retire old or worn flags; contact your local chapter if you are not able to dispose of the flag yourself.