Top 5 Things You Need To Know Before You Purchase a Basketball Goal
1. Location, Location, Location
Which size basketball goal should you get? Oddly enough, the rule of thumb is the number of cars that your garage holds. If it is a 1-car garage, 54” is usually recommended, 2 car garage is 60” and anything bigger is 72”. Of course, buy the size that fits the way you like to play! But, it’s helpful metric especially if you are trying to find a goal proportional to your driveway. This expression not only applies to buying property, but a considered topic when scouting the best site for your hoop. Confidence should not only be in the decision on hoop placement but also in the property’s ability to house it.
Driveways are the often first choice. Normally a flat, even area, they are by their very design more than suitable. Backyards and the side areas of homes are the next likely suspects, both allowing a suitable playing surface. After measuring the area, you may be pleasantly surprised. Many locations are more than capable of being marked out as a half court.
If you have the space, of course, a court area is ideal but not all of us have the room for a full or half-sized court. This does not mean you need to go without a feature that will no doubt provide years of enjoyment.
2. Surface and Presentation
Without the benefit of a huge outdoor arena, cement, asphalt or similar is recommended and will produce a better result. Avoid a grassed area no matter how appealing the overall position may be. The ball will refuse to bounce on a grassed area.
Excluding driveways, the surface should be on an even and level plane. Consider the injuries. Statistics show more of injuries occur by falls on uneven ground. Sprains, strains, and pulled ligaments can set back all areas of your life, not just the immediate game. A poor ground surface will quickly put an end to any enjoyment.
We also have Flexcourts that go on top of concrete pads. Flexcourt provides less strain to your legs, less risk of injury and sturdier surface area.
3. Installing Your New Basketball Hoop
Having a professional install your new hoop saves you time. It often saves you money and aggravation and you know the job will be done right. Now that all of the above is out in the open, one thing remains – don’t take chances with your home. Remove the hassle by taking advantage of a professional installer’s experience, specialist product knowledge and know-how. An in-ground basketball goal takes special expertise to install correctly. The hole must be dug appropriately and without hitting anything (always call OKIE bug prior to install). Then, the concrete must be mixed and cured properly with the re-bar and / or anchor system placed correctly. A professional installer generally has a mold to make sure the holes line up. Then, the goal takes manpower to lift and install onto the anchor system. It’s all a part of the experience. Expert customer service and professional installation leads to years of enjoyment. Get it done right.
4. Things To Find Out About The Warranty
Keep a few things in mind and do not forget to ask the important questions. The below list is not exhaustive, but will give you an idea.
- How long is the warranty?
- Is there a cost? (This is unusual unless extended warranty is an option.)
- What is covered?
- Read the warranty
- Adhere to any maintenance advice
- What voids the warranty?
5. Consider Your Investment
The very definition of investment is the purchase of a product or other item of value with an expectation of a financial return, right? Also your basketball goal may have a lifetime warranty on it for the original purchaser. You don’t want to leave that behind. You will be covered for many more years of play.
Well a home basketball hoop is not only a financial investment but also one of emotion, excitement and hours of play and entertainment.
We all know having a hoop is a great way to keep active while having fun. New skills gained, friends made, not to mention knowledge about sport, endurance and fitness. These things are invaluable, however, there is much more to having a hoop. This game has the ability to keep the families involved and connected with one another.
Rest assured your investment on all levels would not be a waste, simply transferred to a new location with new memories and good times waiting.