People often ask how long a flag should last and the answer is, "it all depends". Flags can last all of one day in a hurricane wind or many years with proper care. Weather plays a major factor in the life of a flag as well as where it is flown from and how often. Wind, water and sun all work together to lessen the life of a flag. It is best to take it down at night and during foul weather. It is also important to hand wash it in mild detergent occasionally to help prevent pollutants and dirt from weakening the fabric. Hang the flag so that it dries completely before folding or storing it. And at the first sign of fraying, have the end repaired before further damage is done.