Buying a New Pool Table

Beware of pool table resellers who bring in large quantities of mass marketed tired designs with limited options from offshore. These products usually lack up to date options and technology since they are purchased at the lowest price possible which becomes a value detriment to the eventual purchaser. Many times they will place an unrealistic inflated retail price where in reality they pay 10 to 20 % of their actual sale price.


There is an enormous amount of inherent value in a time tested quality name brand, from consistently striving for a finer product year over year to utilizing the highest quality technological components available in the current market.

Professional Accessories Package for Pool Table

The accessories included with the table purchase should be of the highest caliber available to allow the greatest enjoyment and accuracy of play. Poor quality accessories will fail very quickly and the additional cost one has to pay for replacement is a financial irritant.


Beware of playing cloth that has been contrived with chemical additives which may affect your specific game. Paragon only use the highest quality technologically advanced cloth in the world, Simonis wool cloth.

Ivan Simonis Cloth for Pool Tables

The billiard balls are of equal importance to the cloth. Only high quality phenolic resin balls should be used for proper play as well as cloth burn protection. Cyclop balls and Aramith balls are the only two companies in the world to have this technology.

Cyclop Billiard Balls by Diamond


Ten Questions to Ask Before Buying a Pool Table

  1. Is the frame constructed of solid wood or plywood and particle board?
  2. Does the frame support the slate on all surfaces?
  3. Is the top rail made of particle board or solid wood?
  4. Does the engineering of the table use wood to wood construction instead of steel brackets?
  5. If a two-piece wood rail is used, are both the rail cap and rail base constructed of hardwoods such as oak for the cap and poplar for the base?
  6. Is the cushion a full-profile, canvas-backed Grade A cushion rubber?
  7. Are the slates diamond-honed matched? In other words, are all three pieces from the same cut?
  8. If the slate is framed, is it backed with poplar or MDF? Plywood or particle board is a poor backing material.
  9. Is the billiard cloth a heavy wool/nylon blend cloth?
  10. Is the leg construction primarily solid wood and do the legs attach to the table in such a way as to provide rigidity? If the legs are not attached well, the table will rock or move when you lean against it to shoot.

Giulia Pool Table

Important Features of a Billiard Table – What to Look for and Why

A solid wood frame is considered best on a pool table for two reasons: 1) the overall strength and 2) the screw holding capacity. When you consider that the frame is supporting as much as 600 pounds, the strength of the frame is crucial. Solid wood is without a doubt the strongest and most desirable frame.

Screw holding capacity is also very important because the frame either screws or bolts together and the slate screws down to the frame. If the frame does not have good screw holding power, it will not maintain its rigidity. Solid wood has better screw holding capacity than either plywood or particle board.

Billiard Table Foudation Pedestal Chassis

The design of the frame is also extremely important. If the table utilizes frame supports that go both the length and width of the table, make sure the frame supports the slate on all surfaces of the frame. Beware of “stacked” frames where only part of the frame touches the slate. The frame of many tables consists of the table cabinet and cross members. Tables built in this manner should have cabinets sides and ends of at least 1″ thickness to permit slots to be routed to receive and support cross members. Cabinets of insufficient thickness generally have blocks attached to act as supports for the cross members.


Top Rails
There is a vast difference on the market today among top rails. Most top rails are made either of particle board or solid wood. Solid wood rails are the best for many reasons.

The cushion rubber glues directly on the surface of the rail. After years of play, should the cushion rubber need to be replaced, a particle board rail usually chips and becomes unsuitable for re-gluing when the old cushions are removed. This problem does not exist among wood rails.

Solid wood rails are also better than particle board rails when it becomes time to replace the cloth. Featherstrip grooves tend to “spread” on particle board rails, which may make it impossible to replace the cloth. Solid wood rails hold staples more securely on the underneath side of the rails where the cloth is stapled. Particle board simply does not have the staple holding power of solid wood.

Balls will also rebound faster over a longer period of time with solid rails. Solid wood rails have livelier playing characteristics than particle board rails.


Two Piece Rails
Tables that have a two-piece (rail cap and rail base) wood rail often times have a pine rail base. A rail base made of poplar is far superior because poplar is stronger than pine and it holds staples better. Rail caps should also be from a hardwood so that they don’t scratch or dent easily.


There are three important features to look for in a cushion. First, the cushion should be a full profile K-66 cushion. Second, the cushion should be canvas-backed. The canvas on the back of the rubber helps adhere the cushion to the rail and the canvas on the top of the cushion controls the action of the rubber so that more accurate and consistent play is achieved. Finally, the cushion should be a good grade of rubber, preferably Grade A. The higher grades of cushion rubber provide excellent rebound quality. Many tables use an inferior B or C Grade with up to 30% clay filler. This clay filler is one of the main reason rail rubber fails and becomes hard within a very short period of time.

Pool Table Re Reveling Service

Diamond-Honed Slate Playfields
Most slates available today are three-piece diamond honed matched and registered. Diamond-honing results in a smooth, level playing surface. Matched and registered simply means that the three individual sections were cut from the same slab.

Historically, slate playfields have come from a variety of countries such as Italy, Portugal, Spain and Brazil. Italy for years was the primary source of most of the slate playfields imported. In recent years an increasingly higher percentage of slate is being brought in from Brazil. Tests conducted in 1992 by the University of Missouri Department of Mining Engineering at Rolla, Missouri, indicates the Brazilian slate is of superior strength and possibly more suitable for pool table playfields.

Generally, the thicker the slate the better. 3/4″ slate on seven and eight foot models usually provides an adequate playing surface, but 1″ slate is preferred on larger models. If the slate is framed (has a backing glued and screwed to the back of the slate) make sure the backing is solid wood or MDF and not particle board. Slate is heavy and the weight can cause the particle board or plywood to compress, resulting in an uneven playing surface.

Pool Table Cloth

Cloth – A Wool/Nylon Blend is Best
A wool/nylon blend billiard cloth is generally considered best. Nothing has proven to wear better than wood and nylon and still maintain the professional playability. Usually a 20 oz. plus cloth with a minimum 80% wool and 20% nylon content is desirable. Beware of chemically contrived cloth which may affect your game. Simonis or Gorina cloth is the highest quality recommendation.


Leg Construction
The entire weight of a billiard table rests on its legs. For this reason, solid leg construction is a must. Generally, most tables have either four individual legs or two pedestal-style legs. If pedestal-style legs are utilized, make sure they are framed with solid wood and not particle board or plywood. If four individual legs are used, make sure the legs are of sufficient strength to manage the weight of the table. Finally, examine the method of which the legs attach to the table. This can determine the rigidity of the entire table.


Paragon Game Furniture Store Toronto

It is our business to supply Toronto area with poll and billiard game tables. We have high quality billiard tables and poll tables. Pool table supplies store where you can buy custom pool tables.

Our Pool Table Equipment Store Address:
185 Bridgeland Avenue Suite 118, Toronto, Ontario, M6A 1Y7

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