In the realm of billiards, the importance of preserving and protecting your table cannot be overstated. At Big Mike’s Billiards, with over two and a half decades of experience in the industry, there is a deep understanding of the nuances that go into the care of billiard tables. One aspect of such care that often goes overlooked is the use of table covers and inserts. These accessories are not merely add-ons; they are essential components for any pool table owner who wishes to maintain the longevity and aesthetics of their investment.
Understanding the Significance of Table Covers
When you invest in a pool table, you’re not just buying a piece of gaming equipment; you’re making a commitment to a centerpiece that will be subject to environmental factors and everyday wear and tear. This is where a quality table cover comes into play. Table covers serve multiple functions:
Protection from Dust and Debris: A cover shields the delicate felt from airborne particles that can settle on the surface and affect the playability and appearance of your table.
Guarding Against Spills: In social settings, the risk of liquid spills is high. A waterproof table cover can be the difference between a momentary lapse and a lasting stain.
Preventing Fading: The felt on pool tables can fade over time when exposed to sunlight. A cover acts as a barrier against UV rays, keeping the colors vibrant.
Reducing Wear: Even when not in use, the mere exposure to the elements can cause wear. Covers help mitigate this passive damage.
The Utility of Table Inserts
Table inserts, on the other hand, offer a level of versatility that transforms your pool table into a multi-use surface. This is particularly valuable for those with limited space who want to maximize the utility of their game room. Inserts typically fit into the playing area of the table, creating a flat surface for dining, working, or engaging in other activities. It’s a smart way to protect the table’s felt and slate while not in play, and it is an efficient use of space.
Choosing the Right Table Cover and Insert
Selecting the right table cover and insert involves understanding the size and model of your pool table. At Big Mike’s Billiards, a variety of sizes and materials are offered to fit any standard or custom pool table. Here’s what to look for:
Material: For covers, heavy-duty, durable materials like leatherette or vinyl are preferred. For inserts, a sturdy wood construction that can bear weight and resist warping is ideal.
Fit: The cover should fit snugly over the table, while the insert needs to be exact in dimensions to rest securely within the table’s cavity.
Functionality: Easy-to-use covers that can be quickly removed or placed on the table, and inserts that are simple to install and store when not in use, are key for practicality.
Aesthetics: The cover and insert should complement the design of your pool table and the decor of your room. Personalized options are available for those seeking a custom look.
Maintenance and Care
While covers and inserts offer protection, they also require maintenance to perform their best. Cleaning your cover with appropriate cleaners and keeping your insert in a controlled environment when not in use will ensure they last as long as your table.
The Importance of Expert Advice
At Big Mike’s Billiards, expertise is readily available to help you make the right choice. Whether it’s advice on the best material for your pool table cover, the optimal thickness for your insert, or tips on maintenance and care, Big Mike’s Billiards offers guidance grounded in years of experience.
The inclusion of a table cover and insert in your billiards setup is a smart decision that goes beyond aesthetics. It is about preserving the life and enjoyment of your pool table. Big Mike’s Billiards stands ready to assist in selecting the perfect cover and insert, ensuring that your billiards table remains pristine and versatile for years to come. With a cover to shield your investment and an insert to enhance its utility, you’ll be prepared for whatever comes your way, be it a casual game, a competitive match, or a large family gathering.