Difference Between Acrylic and Glass Basketball Backboards
Glass vs. Acrylic Basketball Backboards.
An ongoing question that we have not visited here on this blog before is the difference or the benefit between glass and acrylic backboards. We will try to give you a non-watered down or overly-wordy, or salesy, explanation. First, we will consider rebound.
Glass Backboards Produce A Better Rebound.
Glass backboards are much more rigid than Acrylic backboards. Because of this, when the basketball hits the backboard, the ball will bounce off better. Acrylic flexes when the basketball hits it, thus dampening the bounce. Why do you care? Shots that require the backboard – bank shots – will have to be shot differently if a player trains on an acrylic backboard and then plays games on a glass backboard. Next, we will consider susceptibility to damage.
Acrylic Backboards Are More Resilient to Abusive Use.
Because acrylic backboards can flex, they are less susceptible to damage from what I call point impact – damage that is done in a concentrated area like when a rock is thrown at the backboard. Glass basketball backboards are tempered glass, the same material as your care windshield. Just like your care windshield, if a rock hits the windshield, it can chip the glass; then, if water freezes in the rock chip, the crack can splinter and spider web just like your windshield; lastly, if enough force is the applied to the backboard from, let’s say a basketball, the backboard can shatter. If you think your basketball system might be in an area where it might be used abusively, or vandalized, acrylic backboards are more likely to withstand that type of use. Lastly, we will consider cost.
Generally, Glass Backboard Basketball Systems Cost More Money.
For nearly all basketball system manufacturers, glass backboard systems are more expensive than acrylic backboard systems. Largely, this is due the more expensive cost of producing the backboard material for glass backboards as well as the increased strength in the pole structure required to support the heavier material from glass. However, one distinct exception to this rule is Goalsetter. Goalsetter acrylic backboard systems are more expensive to their comparably-sized glass backboard counterparts. Goalsetter’s stated reason for this is acrylic, being an oil-based material, is more expensive to produce than glass backboards. Whether this is true or not can hardly be determined. However, one thing to note is that in the case of Goalsetter, they will warranty the backboard of an acrylic basketball system when used commercially, but will not for a glass backboard basketball hoop being used commercially.