Install A Flag Pole Bracket On Vinyl Siding

By Todd Fratzel on Curb Appeal, Siding & Trim

How To Attach A Flag Pole To Vinyl Siding

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Attaching a flag pole bracket to vinyl siding is an easy home improvement project that will allow you to show your patriotism on your home. However, if you don’t do it correctly it’s likely you’ll damage your siding. This project can be done in just a few minutes for under $20.

Vinyl Siding Mounting Block

The easiest way to install a flag pole bracket (or hanging flower pot bracket or similar) is to screw the bracket to a vinyl siding surface mount block. The surface mount block has a profile routed out of the back so that it will fit the siding profile (see the photo).

vinyl siding block1 150x150 Install A Flag Pole Bracket On Vinyl SidingThe trick to successfully installing the bracket and surface mount block is to pre-drill holes in the siding. You want to drill a hole slightly larger than the screws you’re going to use so that the siding can move as it expands and contracts due to temperature. If you skip this step the siding will buckle when it heats up under the summer sun.

This technique also works very well for attaching shutters to vinyl siding. Vinyl siding moves a LOT when it heats and cools throughout the year. If you put a screw right through the vinyl siding it will prevent theflag pole bracket 150x150 Install A Flag Pole Bracket On Vinyl Siding siding from moving and therefore cause it to buckle.

Installation Instructions

  • Pre-Drill Flag Pole Bracket To Mounting Braket – This allows you the ability to pre-mark the siding.
  • Then I drilled a 1/4″ diameter hole in the siding where each of the three screws would go.
  • Then it’s as simple as installing three long screws to attach the bracket and surface mount block at the same time.

Make sure you use screws that won’t be so long that they hit some wires. So there you have it, a nice looking flag pole bracket inattaching flag pole bracket 300x225 Install A Flag Pole Bracket On Vinyl Sidingstalled on vinyl siding.

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6 Comments

  1. Chuck says:

    This tip on how to put up a flag on a vinyl siding is very appealing. However, there is no link to find a surface mount block – all the links lead to vinyl installation businesses. Where can I buy one of these block’s and do it my self??

  2. Michael says:

    The vinyl siding block is great for siding, but what if you want to attach the mount to a vinyl porch post, without drilling into the post? We all know that the mounts age/break, so they need to be replaced…but, the new bracket may not have the same hole pattern as the old one. I wouldn’t want to drill even more holes into the vinyl.

    • Todd says:

      Michael – Good point. Haven’t dealt with that situation yet. Maybe a reader will have a suggestion. If it were mine I might be tempted to create a custom PVC mounting block that could be secured to the face of the vinyl post. Then a mounting bracket could be attached to that. This way if you need a new bracket later on you could replace the PVC mounting diagram.

  3. Carla says:

    Do these mounting blocks come in wood or just vinyl?? Our house was built in 2002 and all of the extrior lights are set on wood blocks. If they still exist, where can I get them??

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