Choosing a Windsock Frame

February 17, 2021

Choosing a Windsock Frame

Choosing Windsock Hardware

If you are setting up a windsock for the first time, you will need to buy a frame and pole to place it on. Choosing a frame can be a daunting process. First its important to know your sock and hoop diameter. To choose this, its important to know from how far away you would like your windsock to be visible.

For smaller sites where you need to know wind direction closer to the ground such as a firing range, farm, or beach you can use a smaller sock on a lower pole.

For larger sites or sites where there is potential for a chemical or gas leak, its important to put your windsock up high where it is visible from a greater distance. This means the size of the sock will also be bigger.

Use the below chart to help you determine the best sock and hoop diameter for the distance from which you want to see your windsock.

Windsock Diameter

Distance to the Windsock


375 ft – 450 ft


490 ft – 655 ft


660 ft – 820 ft


1150 ft – 1315 ft


1475 ft – 1640 ft


2400 ft – 2625ft


Once you know this, you will be able to choose between a machine bearing frame and a ball bearing frame.

Our machine bearing frames are available for the first three diameters. 6”, 10” and 13”. These are lighter weight, smaller frames.

Our double ball bearing frame is for larger windsocks and available in in 18”, 24”, and 36” diameters. They are a stronger frame and meant for windsocks that are to be seen from 1000 ft or more away.

Another option is to use a cage type frame or an extended windsock frame. This is usually a frame that has two hoops connected by spokes. This allows your windsock throat to remain open and ready for any slight wind gust. It also is designed in a way to prevent the windsock from wrapping around the pole if your swivel becomes unresponsive to slight wind.  For more information on why a windsock might wrap around a pole, check out this article!

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