Best Basketball Backboard Material Which You Should To Know

There many types of basketball backboard material in the market.  But, which you should select and why. In this article, I will discuss the best basketball backboard material.

Best basketball backboard material List and short reviews

  • Tempered Glass Backboard- Expansive and best for a professional’s basketball player.
  • Acrylic Backboard– Medium expansive and best for quality blackboard at low budget.
  • Polycarbonate Backboard- low price best for family.
  •  Steel- best for street basketball court systems.
  • fiberglass- Not for a professional basketball player
  • Aluminum- same as a fiberglass basketball backboard.
  • Wood- It is homemade, excellent but same as fiberglass, aluminum and steel backboard.

This is our shortlist. I make this list in from my own experience. I have used all those backboards. These seven types of basketball generally I use in my life. I Found Tempered Glass Backboard has given me the best performance during the game. Acrylic and polycarbonate is good but not like Tempered glass.

Other materials like steel, fiberglass, wood, and other,  use those people who want some fun in street court or any other else.

Details about each material or why those is good

1. Tempered Glass Backboard

Tempered Glass material is one of the most expensive backboards. Usually, NBA Backboard is tempered Glass materials. Its provide High-quality performance and bouche. If you take the basketball game, seriously then tempered is the best choice for you. But, The problem is less durable than Acrylic and polycarbonate. But still no 1 in our list for the performance of this product.

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2. Acrylic Backboard

Acrylic is a highly durable and less rebouche performance. Plastic materials can give you functional durable but can’t give you bounce and professional feeling. But it is the second-best materials available in the market. It is a common material in the basketball hoop system. If you want good quality in a low budget. Acrylic is best for you.

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3. Polycarbonate Backboard

Polycarbonate is a little bit similar to Acrylic backboard. Also, there is a slight difference in performance. But polycarbonate can give you awesome durability for its plastic materials. These is medium-level materials. If you can’t afford to buy tempered Glass Backboard then this is the best option for you. We want to list it in the second position for its durability, but the performance is better of Acrylic.

4. Steel

Steel is more durable than others, but the problem is the worried noise. On the other hand, it is not suitable for any professional basketball player. Generally, we see this in the park or street court. It is very standard for the street, park and another outdoor place. If you want to use it in a public place. Then it can be the right choice.

5. Fiberglass

The good side is the low price, but rebouche performance is not good. You can see it in institutions or another place. Its performance is similar to steel. Also, durability is not too much good. It is usually used for outdoor courts.

6. Aluminum

Similar like steel backboard. The problem I found of the aluminum backboard, its vibration of these materials and bounce performance is terrible. But its durability is awesome. A less expensive or unique performance. Everything is good but aluminum makes a vibration when you shoot; as a result, rebouche is very bad.

7. Wood

An awesome situation. You can get very good quality for Wood backboard. But the problem is wood backboard is not available in the marketplace.Its perfect solution is you can make in-home, or you can get help from carpenter’s.

Here is an awesome video to get more about the first three types of basketball backboard materials.

Bounce resource-

How to choose a basketball hoop with perfect backboard.

When you decided to select a hoop, you should consider some important factors
• Backboard materials
• Rim quality
• Hoop or goal
• Base
• Net
• And most importance height adjustment

Backboard materials

You already know about backboard material form this post section. However, my last word is if you take this game seriously, then you should choose temperature glass. Acrylic and Polycarbonate. But the temperature glass is best. [It totally depends on your budget.]


Rim always is a mandatory factor. Always select the perfect size of a rim.


The base is very important for a portable basketball hoop system. Consider its capability and materials.


It is another important factor. Our listed products have a high-quality net.

Height adjustment feature

Most of us have a question about this section. Can I adjust the height of this product? Yes, you can. but be before sure select a hoop.


What is better polycarbonate or acrylic backboard?

We have listed Acrylic in the second position. Acrylic is better than polycarbonate. [Note: many expert’s recommendations may be different. but it’s taken by in my own experience.]

What type of backboard does the NBA use?

NBA use Tempered Glass Backboard. It is a very professional and high-quality material.

What is the best size of basketball backboard?

This question depends on many matrixes. According to Wikipedia- Regulation, the backboard size is 72 inches wide by 42 inches tall.

Is 72-inch backboard too big for driveway?

It totally depends on your demand. But in my experience it is perfect.

Which is more durable polycarbonate or acrylic?

Polycarbonate is more durable than acrylic.

How big is a high school basketball backboard?

Usually, 72 inches is perfect high for any type of backboard.

What is the standard size of a basketball backboard?

72 inch and 42 inch is the standard size of a basketball backboard.

Is a 54-inch backboard big enough?

54 inch is standard for a two-car Portable Basketball Hoop for Driveway.

Is Tempered glass better than acrylic?

Yes! Tempered glass is better than acrylic.

How can you tell the difference between acrylic and polycarbonate?

The main difference is durability. Polycarbonate backboard is more durable than acrylic. And performance overall same. 

Final word

Generally, tempered glass, polycarbonate, and acrylic are most popular in this time. If you are a professional basketball player, you should choose tempered glass backboard to get an awesome result.

Polycarbonate is the second option if your budget is low. Acrylic is best for family and other activities. These three materials are best for you. You can choose anyone from here.

On the other hand, wood, steel, fiberglass, and aluminum are not for professionals. It just for a public place and those people who won’t spend some time with basketball. If you still face any problem, don’t forget to comment below… Thank you! 

Last Updated on by Stephen L. Lockard

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