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How to protect your outdoor basketball hoop

Family playing basketball on a hoop in their driveway

Whether you’re a basketball fanatic or just like an excuse to get outside, having an adjustable basketball hoop can take your driveway to the next level, and really encourage you and your family members to spend time together playing outside. It’s also a great way to tempt kids away from indoor activities like video games!

If you're lucky enough to have an outdoor basketball hoop at home, it's important to keep it in good condition so you can enjoy it for many years to come, starting with product protection. An extended warranty plan can help ensure you get the most out of your outdoor basketball hoop, and aren't left on the hook for expensive repair and replacement costs should it break. Subscribe to Mulberry Unlimited to get coverage for all your online purchases under the same product protection plan.

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How can you protect your outdoor basketball hoop?

To help you keep up the fun, we’ve put together some top tips to maintain your basketball hoop (hint: it’s much easier than you think)!

1. Choose the right location

The first thing to consider is where you decide to place your basketball hoop. Some people will opt for a garage basketball hoop rather than a freestanding one, for both convenience and aesthetics.

If you have a traditional freestanding basketball hoop, try to place it in a sheltered area, away from direct sunlight and heavy winds. This will help reduce the risk of unexpected damage and keep it safer from the elements.

2. Invest in a quality hoop

You might be tempted to go for the best deal you can find, but you’re always better off investing in a high-quality lifetime basketball hoop, rather than a more temporary one that isn’t meant to withstand years of use and exposure to the elements.

Look out for the hoops that are made from durable materials, like steel or aluminum, and try to avoid cheaper hoops made from plastic or other lightweight materials, as they are more likely to break or become damaged over time.

3. Use a cover

One of the simplest ways to protect your basketball hoop is by using a cover. Not only will it help prevent rust and corrosion, but it will protect the backboard and rim from damage caused by rain, snow, or wind. Just make sure that the cover you buy is designed for the style and size of your hoop.

4. Clean and maintain the hoop

Regular maintenance is another important aspect of protecting your driveway basketball hoop. Try your best to keep the hoop clean and free from dirt, debris, and other contaminants that can cause damage over time.

5. Protect the backboard

One of the most vulnerable parts of your basketball hoop is the backboard. To prevent it from becoming scratched or cracked, you can install a backboard pad or a wrap around the basket rim. This helps to absorb impact and reduce the risk of damage from stray balls or other objects.

6. Store the hoop during harsh weather

If you live in an area with harsh weather, consider storing your hoop during the off-season, and even during milder months, especially if you’re expecting a bad storm or some other kind of extreme weather. A shed or garage is perfect for keeping it safe from damage.

7. Inspect regularly

Every now and then, take a moment to inspect your basketball hoop for and signs of damage or wear and tear. Check it out for any cracks, dents, or other damage to the backboard, rim, or other parts of the hoop. If you notice any damage, try to repair it as soon as you can to prevent it from getting worse.

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Justin Smith

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Justin Smith has written about everything from stock market investing to electric vehicles, most recently for SuperMoney, Mulberry and EverLaw. Apart from optimizing the latest blog content and hunting for the perfect keywords, he also enjoys going on long runs.

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