An important thing that is often overlooked when designing a game room is the type of flooring to be used. When something as large and heavy as a Pool Table is in the room, special consideration must be taken to have the proper floor covering below the table.
As we said, your table is heavy. Pool tables can easily weigh 1,000+ pounds. Add that to the weight of other furniture in the room and people enjoying the room and the importance of the right flooring and covering becomes pretty evident.
Below the flooring, you want to make sure the support system is stable enough to accommodate the weight of your Pool table and game room contents. If your unsure your floor can hold a billiard table, consult an engineer before placing it in the room. Once you are certain the structure is sturdy and sound, it's time to look at the different floor covering options.
A level playing table is what you want to aim for when installing a Pool table. Carpet seams, although not visible, can affect the level of the table. If you're putting your table on carpet, wait a few days after slate installation for the table to "settle" into the carpet before you do the final leveling process.
Hardwood flooring is going to add some extra stability to the floor. It's recommended that you put an area rug under the table that is big enough for all four legs to be on the rug to keep the table from sliding.
Tile is a strong option for the floor but you're taking a chance on chipping or breakage when balls come off the table- both to the floor and possibly the balls.
On hardwood or tile, an area rug
can both protect your flooring from stray balls as well as prevent any small possibility of your table sliding under heavy pressure. Just be sure to make sure that your table has "settled" before leveling. In lieu of an area rug, rubber mats can perform a similar function. You can find them in many colors, they're easy to keep clean, and the table won't slide. If you don't like the appearance of the floor mat, you can attach pieces of the mat to the bottom the table's feet when it is installed.
The biggest thing to keep in mind is a level table and the weight of the equipment. Deciding on the right floor covering for your game room is going to go a long way in the lasting of your equipment and accessories.