A porch flag is a decorative item used to adorn a porch on a home, usually in front of the house. While many flags are intended to hang at an angle from a pole extending from the house, others are designed to hang vertically. A porch flag can come in any size, although usually porch flags are not as large as the flags used on flag poles. Many people display multiple porch flags and may possess large collections of flags, changing them often. Porch flags usually have some significance for the residents of the home, whether it is used as a demonstration of patriotism, interests, or even just the season.
It is relatively common to see seasonal porch flags displayed on front porches. These flags can be purchased in stores or catalogs. They are often sold in the same section of a store as windsocks and banners, and may be combined with these items to achieve the desired effect. Porch flags are convenient because they are inexpensive and easy to change when needed. Various holiday flags are very popular and may be changed frequently to reflect upcoming events.
Porch flags that identify allegiance to a particular sports team or other group are also popular designs. Sports fans may switch out these flags to support different teams during different sports seasons as well. School flags representing colleges, high schools, or other levels of education may also reflect the alma maters of people living in the home.
Many people elect to display a porch flag representing the country they live in as well. Others opt to hang porch flags that represent the opinion or political stance of the home's inhabitants. People often use flags to make a statement, displaying their sense of pride or allegiance.
Almost every interest in the world can be represented with a flag. For instance, nearly every breed of dog can be found represented on a porch flag, although it may be more difficult to find rare breeds. If a suitable design of flag cannot be found, it is even possible to print custom porch flags. As a design consideration, one should keep in mind that complex and detailed designs, such as photographs, often display better hanging vertically, while iconic designs, such as national flags or symbols, can usually still be recognized when the flag is waving in the wind.