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5 Types of Rope that Work Best for Flagpoles


During the spring, it is time for everything to get refreshed and renewed. If you’re updating your outdoor landscaping for the year, it’s a good idea to upgrade the rope for your flagpole as well. How do you know which rope is the best choice for your flagpole? We’ve outlined the top choices and benefits for you.

Here are the 5 types of rope that work best for flagpoles:

1. Polyester

Polyester rope is the most common choice for halyards for flagpoles. It has a low stretch, making it most preferable for locations where there is not high wind.

Polyester is such a popular choice because it has both excellent UV and abrasion resistance. It is also less expensive than other ropes, like nylon.

Find polyester rope at QNR in 1/4" or 5/16".

2. Nylon

Like polyester rope, nylon is also a popular choice for halyards for flagpoles. Because of its superior UV and abrasion resistance, it is a more durable rope than other polypropylene hybrids.

Unlike polyester, however, nylon rope has a high stretch. This provides the shock absorption necessary to effectively counter high winds.

If you’re torn between choosing polyester or nylon for your flagpole, consider how much wind your flagpole will encounter. Low winds? Polyester is fine. High winds? Nylon is the better choice.

Find nylon rope at QNR in 1/4" and 5/16".

3. Cotton blend

When it comes to aesthetic appeal, cotton is usually the most desired. But what cotton has in a classic look and feel, it often lacks in strength. That’s why, for the halyard for your flagpole, a cotton blend is the better option.

The cotton blend at QNR combines the traditional look and feel of cotton with the reinforcement of polyester, which improves its strength and durability.

Keep in mind that this added strength of the cotton blend results in a lower stretch than classic cotton.

Find cotton blend rope at QNR in 1/4" and 5/16".

4. Polyester with wire core

Like a traditional polyester rope, polyester with a wire core also has great UV and abrasion resistance. But the addition of the wire core makes this rope even more advantageous.

A polyester rope with a wire core is tamper-resistant. This helps to mitigate any chances of vandalism and/or theft. Consider using this kind of rope for a halyard if your flagpole is in an easily accessible, public environment.

Find polyester rope with a wire core at QNR in 1/4" and 5/16".

5. Polyester with Kevlar core

A polyester rope with a Kevlar core is similar to that with a wire core, but it offers a distinct difference.

Like a polyester rope with a wire core, the kevlar core has excellent UV and abrasion resistance, as well as tamper resistance. However, with a kevlar core, this polyester rope is more lightweight and has a lower stretch.

Find polyester rope with a kevlar core at QNR in 1/4" and 5/16".

How to determine halyard length:

Step one is selecting the best type of rope for your halyard for your flagpole. Next, you need to determine the length of the halyard. How do you know where to start?

Typically, halyard length should be twice the above ground height of the flagpole. If the cleat is mounted at standard eye level, this length will provide you with enough slack to create knots as needed and still be able to wrap the excess rope around the cleat.

If you’re still not sure how much rope you’ll need, it is recommended to add an extra 10 feet or so. After all, it’s better to cut off a few extra feet of rope than to be a few feet short and have to start over.


In the spring, it is time to evaluate and update your outdoor landscaping. This includes taking a look at the halyard on your flagpole. In order to keep your flag flying for the whole year, a strong, reliable halyard is a must.

At QNR, we have a diverse variety of ropes so you can be sure to find the perfect match for the halyard for your flagpole.

To place an order now, visit QNR.

Still a little unsure about which rope is best for you? Contact us with your questions here.

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