If you’ve never heard of dibond before, you won’t be alone. Yet you’ve probably seen it. Used it. Even touched it. Dibond is a special material made of aluminium composite; it consists of two sheets of the aluminium with a sheet of plastic in between. Coated with a special lacquer, this material can be printed on easily, and the results are clear and sharp.
What makes dibond particularly useful is how strong it is. It’s durable too, and can withstand the worst weather such as strong winds and heavy rain. It’s non-corrosive, damage resistant, and conforms to BS476 Part 7 Class 1 Fire Ratings. That means it’s ideal for outside use, including signage.
But signage isn’t the only thing this highly versatile and easy to use material is good for. With the rise in interest in basketball, more and more courts are being constructed, and more and more hoops are being installed at home. Each of these courts, each of these individual hoops, will need a backboard. Dibond is exactly the right material for the job.
How Dibond Can Be Used To Make A Basketball Backboard
The basketball backboard is an integral element to the game, and choosing dibond as your material means you can make your own brand new or replacement backboard yourself. Here’s how.
Firstly, you’ll need some equipment. Your sheet of dibond, of course, as well as a drill and screwdriver. Ask for your dibond to be cut to 42 inches (107cm) by 72 inches (183cm) – a good supplier should be able to do this for you with no problem. Before you buy your dibond, think about what colour you want your basketball backboard to be. We offer a variety of colours including red, yellow, white, black, and even brushed silver amongst others. Make sure you’ve chosen the one that you like the best. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the colour for a basketball backboard, particularly if you are making one for the home, so enjoy the range of choice on offer.
Once you have your dibond, measure out where the middle of the sheet is. This will need to be where the centre of your basketball hoop is when you connect the two pieces. Depending on your hoop, you may need an additional, smaller piece of dibond to sandwich between the original piece and the hoop. However, as long as the hoop is in the middle of the backboard when it is affixed, it should be fine.
Attach the hoop as per the instructions that come with it. It should simply be a case of screwing the hoop to the board, although if there are special connectors supplied it is always best to use those.
Finally, the backboard and hoop will need to be attached to a wall in order for you to play. The standard height of a basketball hoop is 10 feet, but of course you can place it lower if you prefer – this might be wise with small children who are keen to learn. If it’s too high they may find it difficult and decide they aren’t so interested after all! Start low and you can always move the hoop higher when you need to.