Competitive Edge Products Blog » basketball backboards http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/sporting-fitness-exercise-equipment-blog Home Fitness and Exercise Equipment, Lifetime Sportings and Outdoor Products Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:53:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Basketball Hoop Purchasing Guide: Backboard Materials http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/sporting-fitness-exercise-equipment-blog/index.php/product-reviews/10/06/basketball-hoop-purchasing-guide-backboard-materials/ http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/sporting-fitness-exercise-equipment-blog/index.php/product-reviews/10/06/basketball-hoop-purchasing-guide-backboard-materials/#comments Sat, 06 Oct 2012 22:30:06 +0000 http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/sporting-fitness-exercise-equipment-blog/?p=374 As part of your purchasing research for a basketball system you will inevitably run into the question of what backboard material is best. This question is not lost on either low-end or high-end basketball system purchases. So, we will address this questions here. Different manufacturers building basketball backboards with different materials; many manufacturers build systems with with multiple types of backboard materials depending on the system. Typically, your optoins for backboard material will include polyethylene plastic (or similar plastic material), polycarbonate, acrylic, and tempered glass. These backboard materials have many different suppliers and purposes. We will look at them one at a time.

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Available Backboard Material Options

As part of your purchasing research for a basketball system you will inevitably run into the question of what backboard material is best. This question is not lost on either low-end or high-end basketball system purchases. So, we will address this questions here. Different manufacturers building basketball backboards with different materials; many manufacturers build systems with with multiple types of backboard materials depending on the system. Typically, your options for backboard material will include polyethylene plastic (or similar plastic material), polycarbonate, acrylic, and tempered glass. These backboard materials have many different suppliers and purposes. We will look at them one at a time.

Plastic (Polyethylene, Eco-composite, Etc.) Backboard

This type of material is frequently seen on low-end or introductory-level basketball backboards. This is the cheapest material wise and production wise of any of the backboard materials. This product cost allows for these basketball systems to be priced afford-ably for most any budget. So, when you think plastic, think budget conscious. The limitations of this material is that they frequently produce the worst rebound; when the ball hits it, it dies on the spot and drops down instead of bouncing off. The plastic material is also much easier to break if the system is used abusively. While not necessary for function, most basketball systems with plastic backboards will have low-end components in the form of smaller poles, weaker height-adjustment mechanisms, and smaller mounting brackets. From here we will visit polycarbonate and acrylic backboard materials.

Poly carbonate and Acrylic Backboard

These two materials are grouped together because they are generally used on systems in the same price range and provide a similar playing experience. These types of backboard materials have more rigidity than plastic backboards, and thus produce a better rebound. They are clear, which improves the aesthetics of the system. Because these materials are also oil-based, like plastic, they allow the manufacturers to still cater to a lower budget. However, nearly every one of these systems will be priced higher than their plastic counterparts.

Tempered Glass

The most frequent high-end backboard material is tempered glass. Tempered glass backboards are typically most desirable due to their more rigid than other backboard materials. The more rigid feel provides for a better rebound when the ball bounces off the backboard. Glass backboards are seen on every high-end basketball system and some intermediately-priced systems. In the same quality and price range, some manufacturers will also offer the same-sized backboard goal system in acrylic too.

Just about every manufacturer of basketball system uses one of these backboard materials on their systems. Use this guide as you shop for just the right basketball backboard for your system.

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Lifetime Replacement Basketball Backboards FAQ http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/sporting-fitness-exercise-equipment-blog/index.php/product-reviews/basketball-systems/11/30/lifetime-replacement-basketball-backboards-faq/ http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/sporting-fitness-exercise-equipment-blog/index.php/product-reviews/basketball-systems/11/30/lifetime-replacement-basketball-backboards-faq/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 21:21:05 +0000 http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/sporting-fitness-exercise-equipment-blog/?p=238 Not all Lifetime basketball backboards are the same, and not all mounting brackets on Lifetime basketball systems are the same either. Below, I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions concerning replacing and purchasing a backboard for a Lifetime basketball hoop.

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Lifetime replacement basketball backboards FAQ’s

Not all Lifetime basketball backboards are the same, and not all mounting brackets on Lifetime basketball systems are the same either. Below, I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions concerning replacing and purchasing a backboard for a Lifetime basketball hoop.

1. Will this Backboard work with my system?

This question is most frequently asked when replacing a broken backboard. First step to knowing if a certain Lifetime backboard will work on your system is to know if your current system is made by Lifetime Products. If it is, then we are on the right track. Lifetime basketball backboards will not work when used on any other basketball system made by a different manufacturer. Next, what is the size and shape of your main pole on your system? For this question we are wanting to see 3.5-inch round. This size and shape of pole insures that the width of the mounting bracket is compatible with the width of the mounting uprights on your replacement Lifetime basketball backboard. Lastly, can you see a “y-shaped” bracket that attaches to the back of your current backboard. This bracket is what will be used to attach to your new backboard; thus, if you do not have a y-shaped bracket on your current basketball hoop, the bracket will not be able to attach to the new backboard your order.

2. What size of backboard do I need?

While it is always safe to maintain the same sizes when replacing a backboard, it is actually not necessary with dealing with Lifetime basketball backboards. For instance, if you successfully answered the questions asked in FAQ 1 above, then your current pole and bracket system can accept any backboard sized 44 inches wide to 54 inches wide. All of these backboard sizes have the same bracketing design.

3. Which kind of basketball backboard is best?

This question deals with the different materials and design features used on Lifetime backboards. Backboard materials range from plastic framed in plastic to acrylic framed in plastic to polycarbonate framed in steel.

Whenever budget permits, always get a Lifetime backboard framed in steel. The steel frame makes the backboard much more rigid and will thus produce a better rebound when the ball bounces off. A plastic framed backboard absorbs a lot of the impact of the ball and will thus weaken the bounce. Steel frames are the way to go.

Where to go from here:

You can check out our entire line of available Lifetime replacement basketball backboards here and start finding the right one for you. If you need some assistance determining which backboard will be best for you, or if you have any compatibility questions, you can reach us at 1-866-308-5484.

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Lifetime 3241 backboard and rim combo, includes a tough 44 inch Impact® polyethylene backboard to handle aggressive play and a black Slam-It® Rim. [...]
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Replacement Basketball Backboards | Lifetime Products Materials Explanation http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/sporting-fitness-exercise-equipment-blog/index.php/product-reviews/basketball-systems/12/03/replacement-basketball-backboards-lifetime-products-materials-explanation/ http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/sporting-fitness-exercise-equipment-blog/index.php/product-reviews/basketball-systems/12/03/replacement-basketball-backboards-lifetime-products-materials-explanation/#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2009 14:59:05 +0000 http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/sporting-fitness-exercise-equipment-blog/?p=89 Lifetime Products Basketball Backboards Materials: Of all of the basketball system manufacturers, Lifetime Products might be the trickiest. The most basic materials used on systems are: plastic, polycarbonate, acrylic, and glass. Of these 4, glass and plastic do not have substitute names. Lifetime Products uses polyethylene plastic on their plastic systems, which would be the […]

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Lifetime Products Basketball Backboards Materials:

Of all of the basketball system manufacturers, Lifetime Products might be the trickiest. The most basic materials used on systems are: plastic, polycarbonate, acrylic, and glass. Of these 4, glass and plastic do not have substitute names. Lifetime Products uses polyethylene plastic on their plastic systems, which would be the only thing tricky with plastic backboard purchases. As for glass, glass is glass. The only difference you may see between manufacturers is the thickness of the glass; but, all factories call glass, glass. 90062, 90014 and 90180 are examples of systems with glass backboards.

As for polycarbonate, Lifetime has several names for this material. All of these names essentially refer to the exact same material. These names would include: makrolon, polycarbonate, and Shatter Guard. Models where this understanding would be important would be in certain comparisons such as comparing the Portable Basketball Systems models (currently in production at the time this article was written) 71522, 71523, and 71524. All of these feature just about the same specs, except for the backboard material. You will notice that the 71523 and 71524 refer to a Shatter Guard or Makrolon backboard. These both refer the polycarbonate. On the other hand, when you look at the 71522, you will notice it mentions a “fusion” backboard. In all cases, when a Lifetime Products system refers to a “fusion” backboard, it is referring to Acrylic. An attempt of differentiating these two backboard types will not be done in this article; you should just take note that acrylic and polycarbonate are different and have slightly different functionality.

Spalding Basketball Backboards Materials:

The last explanatory feature concerning basketball backboards is to mention Spalding’s “eco-composite” backboard type. Essentially, this is a plastic-like material made from completely recycled components. Eco-Composite is very comparable to Lifetime Products’ polyethylene plastic and has the same functionality.

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Replacement | Basketball Backboards | Lifetime Basketball Systems http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/sporting-fitness-exercise-equipment-blog/index.php/product-reviews/11/24/replacement-basketball-backboards-lifetime-basketball-systems/ http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/sporting-fitness-exercise-equipment-blog/index.php/product-reviews/11/24/replacement-basketball-backboards-lifetime-basketball-systems/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2009 15:23:46 +0000 http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/sporting-fitness-exercise-equipment-blog/?p=80 We often get asked questions about which replacement basketball backboards go with which basketball systems. Hopefully this will be a helpful guide for you while you search.

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We often get asked questions about which replacement basketball backboards go with which basketball systems. Hopefully this will be a helpful guide for you while you search.

The first thing to know when searching for a replacement backboard is to know who manufactures your current system. This is important because you will need to match up manufacturers when you get a new backboard system; i.e., Lifetime Products basketball systems with Lifetime Basketball Backboards, and Spalding / Huffy basketball backboards with Spalding / Huffy basketball systems. If you do this, you have fought half the battle.

The next thing to consider is the size of the pole of your current system. We usually are asked why that matters when we tell customers they need to know that spec before they shop for a backboard. The answer is that the replacement basketball backboards mount to your pole based on the mounting arms, which are specific to the size of the pole. In other words, the mounting arms on a system are sized based on the size of the pole; and, the basketball backboards available are mountable only to certain sized poles. In the case of Lifetime Products, if you have a pole that measures 3.5″ in diameter (about 11″ in circumfrence”), any of the available Lifetime backboards should be adaptable to that system. In the case of Spalding / Huffy, it is a little more tricky. The concern is still to figure out what size pole you have, but from there you will almost always need some kind of reassurance from Huffy / Spalding. For these systems, either a 3.5″ diameter round pole or a 4″ square pole will typically work for their replacement backboards. If you have either of these, you should be fine with at least one of the models we carry. We typically then give you the model numbers that will work based on your pole size, and then we will have you call Huffy / Spalding just to verify if they will work with your system. Once you have their okay, you can feel free to order.

Last thing to consider is the age of your system. Typically, manufacturers do not change the configuration of their systems much as that will limit their sales in the future. However, over time certain designs are improved upon and other systems will go obsolete. If you system is 7 years or younger, you should be safe with just replacing the backboard. However, if you system is older you may need to replace the mounting brackets as well. Both Lifetime Products and Huffy / Spalding produce mounting brackets for their systems that will mount to an existing pole.

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Selecting the right Lifetime Basketball Hoop. http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/sporting-fitness-exercise-equipment-blog/index.php/related-articles/lifetime-basketball-hoop-selection-guide/11/12/selecting-the-right-lifetime-basketball-hoop/ http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/sporting-fitness-exercise-equipment-blog/index.php/related-articles/lifetime-basketball-hoop-selection-guide/11/12/selecting-the-right-lifetime-basketball-hoop/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2009 02:04:43 +0000 http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/sporting-fitness-exercise-equipment-blog/?p=13 So you want to buy some basketball equipment and set up a basketball court. But you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for in a home basketball system. Portable basketball goal or in-ground basketball system? Classic Rim or Slam-It® Rim? What’s a Power Lift®? Lifetime Products, Inc has provided this choose-it-yourself guide with technical facts […]

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So you want to buy some basketball equipment and set up a basketball court. But you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for in a home basketball system. Portable basketball goal or in-ground basketball system? Classic Rim or Slam-It® Rim? What’s a Power Lift®? Lifetime Products, Inc has provided this choose-it-yourself guide with technical facts that can help you answer questions like these and choose your basketball goal for the game you play and the area where you play it. Purchase from Competitive Edge Products, Inc to get the best price on a Lifetime basketball accessory, goal or system. Notify us if you find a lower price and we will make you a deal.  You can also pick up most Competitive Edge Basketball Hoop Lifetime sports products from us here in Utah if you wish to avoid shipping.  We also have some Competitive Edge Products coupons and Lifetime Basketball coupons to our Mammoth and Competition Basketball Systems.  Call us if you are interested.

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