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Single Sided Flags Vs Double Sided Flags

  • What good is a Backwards Flag Anyway?
     Double Sided vs Single Reverse Flags

    This is the question we often hear working at a flag printing company, Single reverse flags often called single sided flags are the most common flag design.This is where the design is printed correctly on one side of the flag and the ink bleeds through the material so the design appears as a mirror image on the back or reverse side.

    Double Sided Vs Single Reverse Flags

    • Single Reverse – Design is only done on 1 side of the flag but shows through to the other sided in a reverse image. The majority of flags are created this way, including most provincial flags and corporate flags. A single reverse flag is lightweight and is most cost-effective.
    • Double Sided – Design reads correctly on both sides of the flag. Typically this flag is 2 single sided flags sewn back to back to make it double thickness. This type of flag is commonly hung horizontally indoors. Double sided advertising flags are heavier than a single reverse flag and are not typically recommended for outdoor use.

                      The majority of all stock (provincial,country) and custom printed flags are printed single reversed.  


    Double sided flags are available but are not recommended for a few reasons:

    The cost of a double sided flag is usually close to, if not more than double the cost of a single reversed flag because it is literally two prints sewn back to back with a liner in the middle.

    We also don’t recommend double sided flags because they are very heavy and do not fly very well.  If they do not fly properly you will not get the impact or advertising you are expecting.  Double sided flags also will not last as long as single reversed flags – the extra weight makes them more prone to wearing and tearing faster.

    So when do you print double sided flags?
    -Car Flags are best double sided as their small size is able to easily handle the extra weight
    -Outdoor Small and medium feather flags  that rotate on a spike are sometimes finished double sided.
    -Indoor feather flags in any size that are being used for a trade show with a cross base.
    -By special request.

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