In order to keep any basketball hoop in good shape, you'll need to perform regular maintenance on it. As the effects of Mother Nature combine with regular wear and tear to take their toll on your hoop, it'll be time to replace equipment such as the backboard as well. While it's rare for backboards to shatter, they can fade in color or incur sun damage. In some cases, they may even crack if the portable hoop falls over.
Many basketball hoop owners wonder how to fix a basketball backboard, but in most cases, it's simply better to replace it after too much damage is incurred. In this post, we'll discuss some of the key considerations to account for when replacing a backboard and provide a step-by-step overview of the replacement process.
Materials matter when it’s time to replace the backboard on a basketball hoop. Ideally, you'll want to consider a replacement backboard constructed of the same material and about the same size as your existing backboard. This is mainly because different material options weigh more than others and could cause an imbalance on your hoop. For instance, a glass backboard replacement is going to check in at a different weight than an acrylic or polycarbonate backboard.
Compatibility is also important. You don't want to purchase a new backboard only to find that it won't affix to your current setup. To avoid this issue, you'll want to assess the overall size of the board and the positioning of any bolts or mounts before selecting.
At Quality Hoops, we sell a variety of replacement backboards and will help you determine what replacements are compatible with your system.
Aside from materials and compatibility, there are various other considerations you'll want to keep in mind with your basketball hoop backboard replacement. Consider the following points below:
- On a portable hoop, adding a backboard that's larger and weighs more than the current backboard will require the addition of more weight to the base to prevent tipping.
- Backboard replacement is a two-person job to ensure installation is done correctly and to avoid accidental damage or personal injury.
Steps to Replace a Basketball Backboard
The following steps will guide you in replacing a basketball backboard:
- If you're able to, lay the basketball hoop down on its side. This will allow you to easily remove the rim and the old backboard from the mount. Be sure to save the rim and any bolts and screws you remove.
- Now that the old backboard has been taken off, it's time to install the new one. Position it with the frame and make sure the screw holes are aligned.
- Use bolts to mount the backboard to the pole. Start by threading the bolts into the appropriate holes and finger-tightening them until they're all in. Then, tighten them all completely.
- After the backboard is securely in place, you'll want to re-attach the rim. Please note that if your backboard is either glass or acrylic, gaskets are important to ensure there's no metal-on-glass contact, which could cause premature damage. Tighten the bolts accordingly.
- If your basketball hoop is down on its side while making the replacement, now's the time to stand it back up. Also, be sure to stabilize the base. Most portable basketball hoops will allow you to pour water or sand into the base to add weight. If you need more, purchase sandbags to place on top of the base.
- Lastly, grab a basketball and shoot some hoops to test things out and ensure the brackets are secure and everything else is perfect.
Finding a new backboard doesn't have to be difficult. At Quality Hoops, we carry a range of quality backboards in various sizes and materials for you to choose from. Contact us today to learn more and to find your next basketball hoop backboard replacement. We also sell various accessories to help you extend the life of your backboard. Contact us today for more information.