There are many different types of backboard materials to choose from. Sometimes all of the options can be a bit overwhelming. Here is a quick run-down of the different backboards available when you purchase a basketball system from Lifetime Products. Keep in mind, all graphics on Lifetime’s backboards are screen-printed with UV-protected inks for superior color and protection against fading, peeling, or scratching.

Impact Backboard

The Impact Backboard is molded of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), making it virtually unbreakable. Many of Lifetime’s beginner portable systems will have an Impact Backboard. Impact backboards are perfect for someone just starting out and needing a beginners basketball system.

Acrylic Fusion

The Acrylic Fusion Backboard integrates an acrylic playing surface with an unbreakable polyethylene frame for a durable, pro-glass look. The Acrylic Fusion board is a usually on beginner/intermediate basketball systems.

Shatter-Proof Fusion

Shatter-Proof backboards are made with Makrolon polycarbonate, making them virtually unbreakable and many times stronger than acrylic. The superior impact strength of Makrolon polycarbonate provides enough protection to withstand tough abuse and gives the backboard a durable, pro-glass look. Most intermediate/Advanced portable and in-ground basketball systems will have a Shatter-Proof Fusion Backboard.


Steel-Framed Tempered Glass

The steel-framed Tempered Glass backboard is the ultimate professional-play backboard material. Tempered glass is the premium playing surface and gives you the look and play of the professional game. The sturdy steel Y-extension arms provide superior rebound and play, and the heavy-duty steel frame gives added rigidity to the backboard. Most high-end, advanced in-ground basketball systems will have a Tempered Glass Backboard.

Although these are the basic materials used for the backboards on Lifetime basketball systems, there are still many options to choose from. Some backboards come with a weather-resistant steel frame or a frame pad that adds rigidity to the backboard and improves rebound. Click here for extra tips on how to pick out the right residential basketball system for you. Good Luck!!