7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Wall-Mount Basketball Hoop

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If you don't have enough time or space to install an in-ground basketball hoop, but would still love to play at home, a wall-mount hoop is what you are looking for.

Wall-mount basketball hoops provide the same durability, performance and adjustability of in-ground hoops, and can be mounted outdoors and indoors.

They also come partially assembled, so you can install them within 2 hours.

AWESOME, right? It surely is, but before you choose a wall-mount hoop for installation, you must keep a few things in mind...

1. Location

Location is one of the most important considerations when choosing a basketball hoop.

You must have enough space to accommodate all the players and no obstructions to block the trajectory of your shots (ie: tree branch, overhead wire, roof gutters or a ceiling that is too low... if you're mounting inside your garage for example).

If you have enough space e.g. a dedicated 94 ft by 50 ft court, especially a court with surrounding walls, you can mount basketball hoops on both sides.

The most popular location for any basketball hoop is in a flat driveway.

Be sure to consult your homeowner's association and local laws, since some neighborhoods and ordinances do not allow goals in the driveway.

2. Structural Integrity of the Wall

To mount a hoop on a wall, the most important thing is to check if the surface is solid. It must be strong enough to handle and withstand physical pressure.

Make sure the surface is flat and away from the roof line. A flat surface helps make sure that the backboard is tightly attached to the wall.

Another thing to watch out for is that walls can contain electrical wires and other unseen hazards and obstacles. It is the installer's responsibility to locate and avoid these hazards during installation.

It is recommended to consult a professional architect or contractor to determine a safe wall anchoring system to match the wall construction being used in your application.

3. Overhang

Overhang is the distance between the pole and the backboard. It affects how much room you have to land after you shoot layups.

Roughly 2 to 4 ft of overhang provides a good balance of safety, stability and performance. With a wall-mount basketball hoop in place, anything less than that would make it harder to move under the hoop, and the risk of collisions and injuries would be higher.

Having minimal overhang can result in trip hazards and unpredictable ball action following a shot. Having as much playing surface as possible behind the backboard is always a good idea.

If your wall-mount hoop is installed on a driveway, it must not obstruct the entry or exit of vehicles even with a maximum overhang.

Therefore, it is important to mount the hoop high enough and leave enough space so it does not obstruct the driveway.

4. Wall padding

Basketball is a high-speed and high-impact sport, which means there is a great risk of injuries if precautions are not taken.

With a wall-mount hoop in place, it is quite possible that a player loses balance, receives a hard foul, or loses control during a fast break and collides with the wall.

Wall padding and other protective accessories should be installed so the players remain safe from serious injuries in case of collisions.

5. Backboard size and material

The recommended size for your wall-mount hoop backboard is 72". This size is used in professional competitions, by the NBA and at college level, because it provides the best playing experience.

A larger backboard offers greater shot opportunities and provides arena-like performance. Its alternatives are 60" and 54" backboards, which are less costly.

The price difference, however, is not that much, so if you are spending your hard-earned money, you may want to choose the best option.

If you still want to save some cash and pick an alternative, a 60" backboard is solid and the most popular choice among homeowners.

Backboard material is another important consideration that affects your playing experience. Our backboards are made of tempered glass, which is the best material for basketball backboards.

Tempered glass backboards give you professional experience, are the highest quality, create the best rebound and are rigid.

They might cost you a bit more than the rest, but they are WORTH IT!

6. Choosing the Right Rim

The standard size rim on a basketball hoop is 18" in diameter.

There are two types of rims: adjustable and static. Adjustable wall mounts rims are many times a great choice for your family because you can easily change the height to accommodate players of all ages and skill levels.

Some hoops require a pole to adjust the rim height, while other hoops have an easy-to-use crank. Make sure the children will be able to reach the crank to adjust it according to their needs.

Most rims come with a breakaway and spring-loaded rim.

This means the rim slides downwards to alleviate pressure during dunks. It sits back to its original position once the player releases it.

7. Budget

This is an important consideration.

Because you are going to make an investment that could potentially last a lifetime, you have to make sure you spent your money wisely.

There isn't a better feeling than spending your hard-earned money on the right thing.

Follow the links to check prices and specifications of adjustable wall-mount hoop and fixed wall-mount hoop's we offer.

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Contact us if you have any questions, need help with installation or need any help choosing a basketball hoop. Our experts are here to help.

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