When buying a basketball hoop, consider the location, mounting options, board type, and rim type. The location should be large, smooth, and away from breakables and people. Mounting options include freestanding, home-mounted, or pole-mounted. Board types include wood or fiberglass, and rim types include fixed or detachable.
Buying a basketball hoop seems simple. Grab a metal board and a backboard and you’ll be playing ball in no time. Unfortunately, there are other things you need to consider if you want a basketball hoop that will last and give you years of enjoyment. By thinking about what you’re buying before you buy it, you’ll save yourself problems down the road.
The first consideration in buying a basketball hoop is where you want to put it. You want to make sure that the area you have in mind is large enough for a couple of people to dribble and play without bumping into each other. You want to be sure there are no windows or other breakable items breaking in the area. A basketball hoop could get very expensive if you always have to replace whatever you accidentally threw the ball at. You have to make sure that the ground is smooth and firm so that you can easily bounce your ball off it and that the ball does not get damaged when you play. Finally, you want to put your basketball hoop in a place where you won’t disturb people when you play. If you often can’t play because it’s too loud, then you haven’t found a good position.
Once you’ve found the perfect location for your basketball hoop, you need to decide how to mount it. You can mount it on a building, like a garage or house. You can install a permanent post in a concrete foundation and put the frame on top of it. You also get a freestanding frame, which you can move or store away when you’re not using it. You can also adjust the height of a freestanding basketball hoop more easily. Your choice will be determined by the location you have chosen, your specific needs and your budget. Freestanding basketball hoops are more expensive than home-mounted ones. Mounting one to a pole might be inexpensive, but you also need to factor in the cost of installing the pole.
The next question is the type of board. You can choose wood or fiberglass. Wood is often lighter and less expensive, but may not be as strong. Again, your budget and location will influence your decision. One consideration is that a clear fiberglass basketball hoop might look better when mounted on a roof or building since it will be less obvious and won’t protrude as much.
Finally, you will need to consider the type of rim. You want to see how the back of the frame attaches to the backboard. It can be fixed, which is welded in place, or detachable, which is spring loaded. A fixed rim is less expensive, but a detachable rim absorbs the pressure. If you’re going to dunk or hang from the hoop, a detachable hoop will be much more durable.