Common Questions about Owning a Pool Table
Taking care of your pool table is essential if you hope to maintain it for years to come. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding pool table care in New England.
What is the difference between a slate table and a non-slate table ?
Quality tables will have a bed made from Italian slate. Italian slate is much more durable and will last virtually forever. Non-slate tables have a bed made usually from compressed board, these tables are mainly used for kids. They do not tend to last long.
What kind of cloth – felt should I use on my table?
There are several different types and brands of cloth – felt to use. The most common is “Standard”. This cloth – felt is an 80% wool/ 20% nylon blend of cloth.
The other option is professional cloth – felt which is 100% worsted wool. This is a more durable option and longer lasting. The advantages of this cloth – felt is that it tends to provide a faster playing game. But be prepared, this option is also somewhat more expensive.
When should I replace my cloth – felt ?
There are a couple of instances in which you should replace your cloth – felt. These include, your game playing being affected, the cloth – felt being ripped or torn, or you just want to change the color of the cloth. You will generally replace the RAIL cloth – felt, and the BED cloth – felt at the same time.
When should I replace the cushions ?
Cushions are usually one of the last things that need to be replaced on your pool table. But they will eventually dry rot, which will affect your play.
One of the most common things that happens to the cushions is when they come apart from the rails. This is usually caused by someone sitting on the table. If you decide to have your table recovered this would be a good time to replace the cushions.
Can I move my table without disassembling it?
We recommend that you never move a table in one piece. The reason for this is when you move a table in one piece, the slates will shift and usually will crack. The strain on the rails causes the cushions to come apart as well. When you need assistance in disassembling your table, call us.
Get Help From All Pro Billiards
No matter what issue you’re experiencing with your pool table, All Pro Billiards is here to help. We can install, assemble, disassemble, re-cloth, move, crate, and even store your pool table for you. Find out what pool table services we can offer you when you contact us for a quote. You can reach us by phone at 978-870-3251 or through our quick contact form.