What Outdoor Pool Tables Are Made Of?
From frame construction and materials to bumpers, cloth, bed, and accessories, it’s good to know the different options you have when it comes to buying an outdoor pool table. For me buying time is an exciting time that calls for a celebration. If you are like me, you need to be extra careful before making any purchase else you will find yourself with a huge junk of unwanted items. Billiard tables are expensive and you need to be sure of what you want to buy before you get excited. Check the following areas before buying any table for exterior use.
When picking a table that will be exposed to all weather conditions it is important to ensure that the materials used are easy to clean at all times. Stay away from those that are made with glue as they can turn to be stuck when it rains.
The frame should be made of aluminum or pressure-treated wood to withstand harsh outdoor conditions. The frame should be able to withstand rainy days and sunny days alike without losing its shape or rigidity. The table should also be light to ease of movement from one point to another.
The felt should be made of waterproof material and one that is sun resistant which ensures that it does not easily fade. The felt fabric should have a scrim surface that offers a nice texture for the balls to roll without sliding due to the friction of the felt surface.
What Happens When The Table Gets Wet?
You can easily wet the table with a drink or get it wet after a heavy downpour. When the table gets wet dry it off with towels or a leaf blower. It is not advisable to play on a wet surface as it will spoil the felt. Luckily most outdoor snooker tables have unique drains in the pockets to drain any water on the felt.
Can You Waterproof the Pool Table and Its Accessories?
The best thing to do is to buy one that is already waterproofed. Alternatively, you can buy a waterproof cover and use it to cover the table when not in use. Most accessories will react with water and direct exposure to sunlight. However, some pool cues will get to their new condition after drying up from a rainy day.
Cleaning The Table
The major dirt you will get on an outdoor pool table is dust and pollen from the nearby trees. This can be easily wiped away with a blower and a light cleaner. If the table is heavily soiled, you can use soapy water and rinse it off. Always cover the table when you are not using it.