A single sided (also known as 1ply) flag means printing on one side. If the flag is screen printed or digitally printed the dye will bleed through to the other side and the image will be in reverse and be incorrect on the ‘outside’ of the flag. The extent as to how much the image is seen on the other side depends on the thickness of the material and printing process used.
You will find though that a single sided flag is most commonly made. This type of flag is also cheaper to produce because you are not using as much material also they are cheaper to buy than a double sided flag because only one flag is printed and sewn.
Single sided flags are much lighter than the double sided flags and won’t take as much wind to move them.
The lifetime of the single sided flag will depend on the material used and the weather conditions to which the flag is exposed. Due to the lightness of the fabric the flag will ‘flap’ more and suffer wear and tear quicker than a double sided flag.
Things You Need To Know!
The type of flag you buy is a personal preference. However, it would help if you considered what you would use it. You can buy a single or double-sided printed flag with several materials. The most common flag type is made with a single piece of fabric.
One-sided flags are popular because of their cost, simplicity, and universal appeal. They are great for advertising, use at a single location, or hanging at a rally or other special event. However, you will find that a single-sided flag is most commonly made.
Most flags are single-sided. The main reason for this is cost. It is cheaper to print one side of a flag and then print it on both sides of the material. You would need to purchase a "double-sided" flag. Not very many countries use double-sided flags; they are mainly used for decorative purposes.
A single-sided flag is produced using only one piece of fabric. The material is folded and sewn around the edges to produce a finished piece the same size as the double-sided version. However, the single-sided flag is cheaper and easier to produce as only one piece of fabric is used compared to the two pieces used in the construction of a double-sided flag.