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What does slate mean on a pool table?

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Asked by: Stephanie Benitez

Slate bed pool tables have a playing surface made from slate, which is then covered in cloth. Most often the cloth is stuck to the surface of the slate, to ensure a consistent playing surface.

Are slate pool tables Better?

While heavier and more expensive than wood, slate ensures that the play surface remans smooth and level. Wood, as well as table tops made from synthetics, can warp quite easily. Because it is so durable and known to last, many manufacturers will provide a lifetime warranty for a slate pool table.

How do I know if my pool table is slate?

Look underneath your table in the area where you were pointing. If you see a gap or a seam, then it is a 3-piece slate pool table. If your pool table doesn’t have obvious gaps or seams in the indicated area, it’s likely to be a 1-piece-slate pool table.

What does it mean when a pool table is not slate?

If a pool table is not made out of slate, it may be made out of plastic honeycomb, permaslate, or plywood if it is cheaper. None of these materials have the density of slate, but they are also cheaper than slate.

Why do pool tables use slate?

Slate is used for pool tables because it is a durable material that naturally splits into large flat pieces. These pieces can be polished into a perfectly flat surface, which is necessary for playing pool.

How do you know if a pool table is good?


So first of all check the rails make sure they're good. You should also check the felt and see if that's something that you're going to want to replace or not it can get expensive depending.

What’s the difference between slate and non slate pool table?

Slate is the main kind, but the ​non-slate​ category is much wider. There are materials that are like slate, such as slatron and permaslate, and some have a plastic honeycomb surface or even particle board.

What is the best material for a pool table?

Pool Table Playing Surface

  • Slate is the best material for your table, the thicker it is the better.
  • 1″ Slate is approved for tournament pool tables.
  • Slatron is a comparable playing surface to Slate quality, but is made of compressed wood and can warp if stored in a humid room or has drinks spilled on it.

Can a pool table slate warp?

Slate is only a nearly waterproof material, meaning after continuous exposure to moisture it can still become warped. In rooms with warmer temperatures, the process of water absorption is sped up, so be sure to keep your table in a room that’s always cool.

How heavy is a slate pool table?

The average pool table weights for slate bed pool tables are: 6-Foot Table – 500 Pounds. 7-Foot Table – 700 Pounds. 8-Foot Table – 1,000 Pounds.

Can you move a slate pool table without taking it apart?

You can move a pool table a short distance without taking it apart as long with the help of several people and furniture sliders, but it could cause damage to the table and require the bumpers to be realigned, and the slate re-leveled.

Are old pool tables worth anything?

Billiard tables, also known as pool tables, are an expensive recreational investment when purchased new. Depending on where and when the table was manufactured, an older table can have a surprisingly high resale value.