All pool and billiard tables will eventually need to have their cushions replaced, as the rubber deteriorates over time and looses it's resiliency. Good cushions will allow a pool ball, rolled quickly with your hand, to travel the length of the table and contact cushions four times before slowing to a stop.
There are five cushion shapes commonly used today with the majority of tables using a profile called K-66. Although I can source any brand cushions you request, I recommend Mercury Ballistic Speed cushions which have exhibited excellent consistency and long life. There are many cheaper inferior brands that just do not last.
Like cheaper cushions, there are low quality adhesives that may fail and let the cushions separate from the rail over time. I only use Barge Cement when changing cushions as I believe it is the finest product available.
Whatever style pocket your billiard table has, they take a beating and may eventually crack and fail. Antique tables need to have their pockets removed and sent to Hood Leather Goods so new leather can be fitted to the original pocket irons, as they are specific to each individual pool table. Most tables made in the past 60 years can simply have new pockets installed. Leather pockets are available in a variety of colors to complement your billiard table.
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