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 Slate  Websterís definition is a dense fine-grained metamorphic rock produced by the compression of various sediments. Basically it is a hard rock surface cut in depths of ĺ inch to 2 inches. Slate is used in 90% of pool tables and is found to be the best playing surface. It is very hard and rigid as well as very stable. Stability increasing as the thickness does. The pros of slate are that it is extremely rigid and durable and not prone to warping. Age does not effect it and it will generally last a lifetime, if not seriously abused(ie sledghammer). The conís are the cost and weight.  

 Slatron: Slatron is a brand of fiberboard and is not related to slate as hinted at in the name. This pressed fiberboard material is compacted under high pressure to form a hard rigged playing area. The pros are that it is light weight and cost effective. The drawbacks are that slatron is susceptible to warping if it gets wet, or is exposed to a high humidity environment. If warped, you will not be able to level the table.

 

  Slatene: Slatene is a brand of fiberboard and is not related to slate as hinted at in the name. This pressed fiberboard material is compacted under high pressure to form a hard rigged playing area. The pros are that it is light weight and cost effective. The drawbacks are that slatene is susceptible to warping if it gets wet, or is exposed to a high humidity environment. If warped, you will not be able to level the table.




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