One of the key components of a billiard table that you may not know much about is the billiard slate. Slate is the hard-rock material that makes up the playing surface of a billiard or pool table. Slate has two main purposes. One is to maintain a flat and level surface and the other is to provide weight. Some other billiard brands offer non-slate tables, but those generally do not meet the expectations that many consumers have. We offer high-quality, 1-inch slate on every Legacy billiard table. Slate comes in varying thicknesses from ½-inch all the way up to 2-inch. One inch is considered the standard in the industry, and that’s the size you see professionals using in competitive play. When shopping for a billiard table or pool table, keep in mind that slate is an incredibly important factor in maximizing playability. For more information about Billiard Slate, check out our video buyer's guide.