Mounting a flagpole in your garden is not especially difficult. If you anchor it with a ground screw, the job will be finished even faster. It usually takes less than an hour to get it done.
Why build a flagpole?
A flagpole lends a special charm to both your house and garden. Flags may be flown on any day and no special permission is required to fly the UK’s national flags, so you can decide for yourself on which days you wish to fly a flag – for example, it could be on special occasions such as birthdays, wedding days and similar. You may also wish to fly a flag on national holidays or during football tournaments. On other days, you can fly a pennant, which is designed to be flown constantly and does not require illumination.
Which rules apply?
Flagpoles fall under the category of miscellaneous structures, and planning permission must be obtained from your Local Planning Authority before a flagpole may be mounted. There are different rules relating to whether the flagpole will be mounted on the roof of a building, protruding from its edge, or whether it will be freestanding on the grounds of a building, so be sure to check the rules that apply to your particular case. If you have chosen to mount a freestanding flagpole, you may wish to give some thought as to its placement to ensure a nice effect in relation to the building.
Why ground screws?
In order for your freestanding flagpole to stand steady in all weather conditions, a stable foundation is needed. Our ground screws for flagpoles can be used as anchorage for flagpoles of up to ten meters. The advantages of a ground screw are that you avoid the heavy work of digging and the results are highly precise. It provides you with a stable and stylish solution with the least possible impact on surrounding surfaces. In addition, installation is fast – it rarely takes more than an hour to get the screw in place. After that, you only need to anchor the flagpole using a specially developed flagpole mount that attaches to the ground screw. This is far easier than the usual methods of anchorage, which rely on concrete, where you must first dig a pit to below frost level, line the pit with sand or gravel, fill it with concrete and wait up to three days for the concrete to set.
When are ground screws not the best option?
In the vast majority of cases, ground screws are an excellent method for mounting flagpoles. However, if you are planning for a very high flagpole of over ten metres, you should not use a ground screw as a foundation. Ground screws are also not suitable if the terrain is mountainous or the ground is newly bulldozed to 50 cm or deeper. In that case, the ground must first settle before an effective and stable installation can be carried out. Extremely rocky soil can also be a problem, but in the vast majority of cases we can mount ground screws even in rocky soil, as we pre-drill for all screws and can therefore split both small and even fairly large stones.