How is a Polyknit Flag Made?
How are our flags created? At FlagMart Canada, we are passionate about our products. We strive to source the best fabric and we take great pride in our process. All of our flags are made with care in Canada, supporting the Canadian Economy.
4 Steps to Making a High Quality Flag
Our Polyknit fabric is specially created for the flag industry. It is coated with a UV resistant coating to prevent as much sun damage and fading as possible.
Canada and Provincial flags are sent to our screen printing area. Screen printing is a method of printing an image on fabric by forcing ink onto the material's surface through a prepared screen of fine material so a pattern is created. This method allows us to force more ink into the material, creating a more saturated material than with other forms of printing. This allows our flags to be durable and remain resistant to fading longer than others.
Our inks are also specifically created to be UV resistant. The combination of using UV resistant ink on UV resistant fabric outputs a product that is very high quality and can withstand the elements much longer than other products available.
Screen printing is done for flags we make in higher volumes and with fewer colours. The Federal and Provincial flags are prime candidates for the screen printing process.
Custom flags and flags that are produced less frequently are sent to our digital printing section. When we receive an order for a custom flag, we work with the customer to understand their needs. Our graphics team finalizes artwork with them and once our customer approves of the proof we send them; we send their customized flag to the printers.
Using the same UV coated knitted polyester fabric, we use a process called acid dye printing, specific to the flag industry, to digitally print the image onto the polyester sheet. Acid dye printing uses a chemical to allow the dye from the digital print to penetrate through the fabric so it can be clearly seen on the reverse side.
Once a flag’s graphic is printed onto the Polyknit material, whether screen printed or digitally printed, the fabric undergoes a curing process within the machine. All of our Polyknit flags are heat cured after being printed to impregnate the ink within the fabric. Once the flags have been cured, the richness of the colours comes through.
4. Sewing and Finishing
The flag then moves from our curing department to our finishing department where employees sew the flags. Our flags are quadruple stitched at the fly end to ensure we minimize wear and tear from wind damage. We also use a special canvas white polyester header for the flag as opposed to just sewing in a cheaper polyester header so that the flag is reinforced at the header creating a sturdier product. We then sew in either grommets or create a header for rope and toggle as per the customer’s request.
This multi-step process to create a flag for you occurs in Canada, made by Canadians for Canadians.