Deciding on Your Pool Table
Many factors do and should go into you buying a pool table. Pool tables are a large investment as a good table can last for decades and can be used from generation to generation. That being said, what factors constitute a good pool table?
Aside from price and guarantees, one of the most important factors to consider in selecting a quality pool table is the slate. The slate is a very important aspect of a pool table because it is more or less what you will be playing on.
The question then becomes how to tell if the slate or pool table that you will be purchasing, or even just playing on, is quality. Luckily there are a few things that you can do to ensure that the slate you are using is what you are looking for.
First and foremost, you will want to make sure the table that you will purchase is level. You do not want to have to put shims underneath the legs of your table to offset the balance of the slate. So make sure you consider the level of the pool table.
The next big factor to consider is to make sure that your slate is quality is to make sure it is just that, slate. Choose a slate underlay over a wooden underlay as wooden tables are subject to becoming warped or cracked due to humidity.
Consider also purchasing a three-piece slate construction with slate liners supporting the weight. Three-piece slate tables are good as over time, and under their own weight, one-piece slate liners will sag and create a warped, while three-piece tables will play nicely throughout the decades.
Also, during the installation and assembling process of buying a table, make sure to look for badly damaged, warped or dented slate. If you notice problems with the table’s slate, make sure and get those pieces returned and replaced.
Finally, consider the challenge of your table. This simply refers to the table’s pockets and rails, but it mostly concerns the size of your table. You may consider getting a four by nine foot table as it will provide the owner with both enjoyment and challenge.
Purchasing a pool table is not something that should be taken lightly, as tables are very costly. However, when purchasing a table, it is something can be used for decades up decades if you maintain it properly.