Nylon, Polyester Or Cotton: Which U.S. Flag Fabric Best Meets Your Needs?

Written by
Rob Brittain
Published on
September 12, 2021 at 6:28:35 AM PDT September 12, 2021 at 6:28:35 AM PDTth, September 12, 2021 at 6:28:35 AM PDT

Having choices is nice, but it can sometimes complicate the buying process. Having so many options can make it difficult for you to make a decision on the right product for your unique needs. The best way to make an informed purchasing decision is by weighing your product needs against competing products’ strengths and weaknesses. It is no different when deciding which U.S. flag fabric to buy. At Carrot-Top Industries, we offer three American flag fabric choices: nylon, polyester and cotton. While flags made from these three different fabrics are similar in appearance, each material offers a unique set of product advantages and disadvantages. Below is an overview of three different flag fabric options along with information about which fabric is best suited for which display environment:



Nylon flags are crafted from tightly woven lightweight and quick-drying SolarGuard® 200 denier nylon fabric. Nylon fabric is a great choice for light to moderate wind areas and flies effortlessly in the slightest breeze.



  • Lightweight, strong material
  • Shiny finish that glistens brilliantly in the sunlight
  • Ideal for indoor or outdoor display
  • Withstands mild to moderate wind, rain, sunlight and snow


  • Not recommended for display in areas with high winds, such as coastal or mountain regions



Polyester flags are made of tough, skillfully woven two-ply polyester with a “cotton-like” texture and superior strength. Polyester fabric is durable and is the best choice for windy, coastal and extreme weather conditions.



  • Heavyweight material
  • Matte finish
  • Ideal for indoor or outdoor display
  • Withstands strong winds and extreme weather conditions such as those found in coastal or mountain areas


  • Heavy material requires considerable wind speed to fly or wave



The original fabric choice for flag manufacturers, cotton is an organic fabric that is rugged yet lacks colorfastness.



  • Heavyweight material
  • Matte finish
  • Ideal for parades, long-term indoor displays or short-term outdoor displays in dry weather


  • Not intended for all-weather use since colors of the flag may bleed when wet
  • Easily wrinkles
  • Long-term sun exposure may damage the fabric or cause the dyed fabric to fade



Six-Month Guarantee for Carrot-Top’s Exclusive Nylon and Polyester Flags

If either a nylon or a polyester flag will best meet your needs, Carrot-Top Industries offers two exclusive, premium products for your consideration: a family of Beacon® Nylon American flags and Patriarch® Polyester American flags. Carrot-Top’s Beacon® nylon flags are fade-resistant, made from SolarGuard® 200 denier nylon material and feature reinforced stitching with four rows of stitching on the fly end of each flag and two rows of stitching on all other sides. Carrot-Top’s Patriarch® polyester flags are made with two-ply fabric that has a cotton-like texture yet is considerably stronger and more durable than cotton. Patriarch® polyester flags are also noted for their fade-resistant colors and fray-resistant stitching. We also offer our exclusive Beacon® and Patriarch® family of flags for state flags, POW/MIA flags, single-sided custom flags, double-sided custom flags and solid colored flags.

All of our Beacon® nylon and Patriarch® polyester flags are available in a variety of sizes and offer an industry-best, six-month guarantee against defects, fading and tearing from the date of your purchase. Look for our “Industry’s Best Six-Month Guarantee” logo on our most popular flags to ensure you purchase a flag with fade-resistant colors, durable fabric and fray-resistant stitching. We are committed to your satisfaction.

For additional help in determining the best flag material to meet your needs, please call 800-628-3524 to speak with a Carrot-Top Customer Care Professional. You can also submit any questions about your flag order by email or schedule a convenient time for a consultation through Contact Our Team. Carrot-Top offers fast shipping on all in-stock products.

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