Pool Table Buying Guide

Pool Table Buying Guide

Are you in the market for a pool table? The first thing you need to know is that this venture takes careful planning and preparations. You are on the right track by looking up tips and guides, so congratulations! The second thing you need to remember is that it is not like an ordinary purchase, which you can easily bring back for replacement in case you bought the wrong size, color, style, or dimension. This kind of investment can be stressful especially for someone without sufficient knowledge and experience. With that said, here are things you need to consider to help you easily purchase a pool table Myrtle Beach: Know what you want to buy. Before you even start looking and considering pool tables, you should first find out and decide what you want to buy. You can easily do this by browsing through the internet the various types, sizes, and designs of pool tables available. Make a list of the features that you want in your table, the dimensions, and design. Creating this list will help you not only save time, money, and effort in shopping for pool tables, but it will also help you keep focused on what you are buying. If you have not listed what you are looking for in a pool table, it will be easy for you to get distracted of the various options made available to you when you visit a local shop. When you continue to get distracted, you will end up exhausting all your energy looking around and not finding what you want. As a result, you spend your time and...
Pool Table Maintenance

Pool Table Maintenance

A billiard or pool table is a big investment and you need to know how to properly care for it so that you can enjoy the benefits for a lifetime.  Not only will the improper maintenance of a pool table cost your money, it will also have a negative effect on your game.  Maintaining your table doesn’t have to be a long drawn out process.  Small and consistent steps can avoid costly repairs. Pool Table Maintenance Helpful Tips When you first start using your pool table, the cloth will sometimes interfere with the actual roll of the balls. There is a breaking in period where the cloth needs to settle to the slate top.  You can actually speed up this process by brushing the cloth on a frequent basis.  Get in the habit of brushing the cloth both before and after every game.  You will want to brush the cloth in the same direction each time and avoid any circular motion when brushing.  If necessary, you can vacuum the table top, but here again, always in the same direction.  Always keep your pool table covered when not in use to avoid the affects of humidity and inadvertent spills or other hazards.  At Elko Spas, Billiards and Pools we have a great selection of pool table covers. Never store the billiard balls in the pockets of the table when not in use.  Balls will wear the cloth around the pockets over time and this will interfere with the balls dropping freely into the pockets during play.  If you have a pool table that is made from leather, storing the balls...
What Is The Proper Playing Surface For Pool Tables?

What Is The Proper Playing Surface For Pool Tables?

When shopping for pool tables, among the questions that you need to ask should be to know what type of playing surface it has. According to the Billiard Congress of America Equipment Specifications, the most appropriate playing surface should be able to maintain flatness and should not deflect too much. The bed should have a billiard fabric covering made of wool to avoid unnecessary rolling off of the balls. They recommend three pieces of slate that is at least 1 inch thick for tournament sized tables and one-piece slate for home tables. What is a slate in pool tables? A slate is a morphed sedimentary rock similar to shale. Because of this, it is often called a metamorphic rock. Its original form as a sedimentary rock morphs into a slate when heat and pressure is gradually applied. The morphing process is a slow one to ensure the right change is made. Because of the morphing process, the slate now has low water absorption index and, thus, is now resistant to damage from frosting. This is why slates are also used to make tombstones, roof tiles, chalkboards, and pool table playing surface. There is a wide range of slate resources as it is mined in many cities including Wales, France, Virginia, Vermont, and New York. What makes slate an exceptional playing surface for pool tables? According to experts, aside from being highly resistant to frost damage, slate is considered the best choice for a pool table playing surface because of its stability. You can cut slate into thin sheets or turn it into grains, making it an ideal and affordable...
Are Covers Extremely Important For Pool Tables?

Are Covers Extremely Important For Pool Tables?

There are many accessories and necessities that will need to be considered by owners of pool tables. Contrary to what many believe, these accessories are extremely important in effectively maintaining your billiard tables, ensuring a longer life span and basically taking care of this precious piece of investment. If you are thinking of getting accessories for your billiards table, it is important that you make sure that you purchase a compatible accessory. Keep in mind that there are specific size, design, and style of accessories especially designed for certain types of billiards table. So the type of accessory you buy will actually depend on the certain type, design, and size of your table. One of the most common accessory owners of billiards table buy is the pool table cover. Those that come with the table when you first purchased it often have lower quality. Hence, experts advise you buy a sturdier table cover suited to the specific type of billiards table you bought. Buying covers for pool tables There are different aspects that you will have to consider in choosing the cover that you will buy for your billiards table. The cover’s material – The most common materials purchased are vinyl and leatherette. The type of games played on the table Your funds for the purchase – There is a wide range of differently priced covers that you can choose from. Keep in mind, though, that not all affordably priced covers are as durable and long-lasting as the expensive ones. Benefits of using appropriate covers as protection to your pool tables Listed below are some of the many benefits...
Making Your Pool Tables Work With Your Carpeting

Making Your Pool Tables Work With Your Carpeting

Pool tables are often placed in a game room that already has carpeting. This often poses a huge problem for many homeowners as the carpet messes up the stable leveling of the floor, which is a major requirement for your billiards table to be used most efficiently. Keep in mind that a pool table needs a stable level flooring to position it properly and ensure the game will not be easily disrupted. This is why having carpeting in your game room creates different challenges in positioning your pool tables. One of the primary challenges you will face in positioning the billiard table is caused by the foam padding under the carpet. When carpeting is installed in your flooring, foam padding is first laid out. This prevents the carpet from being affected by moisture and other damage from the subflooring. Other parts of your home have thicker foam padding, such as your basement for maximum protection. The padding makes it difficult for you to establish a level positioning for your table because this is soft and mushy and may take several weeks before it crushes to its final thickness. By this time, it will be easier for you to achieve a level positioning for your table. On the other hand, when the padding has crushed to its final thickness, it will go back to it its original shape and form even when you removed the furniture that has crushed it. The dent will remain in the carpet and can be an eyesore when you decide to move the billiard table in another room or when you decide to sell the...