Nottage Design Pool Tables and Game Room Equipment
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the playing surface and how does it work?
The playing surface is called 'Vitrik', it is a patented technology by Nottage Design. It is a coating on the glass which allows the balls to roll silently at a near identical rate to a standard cloth table, plus spin (English) can be applied. It’s highly durable, completely non-toxic and is transparent. Please view our video here to see our table in action, you will see that the balls indeed behave as they should.
What is it like to play on?
The experience is truly unique. The balls roll at a speed that is very similar to an average cloth/slate table. The balls glide quietly on the playing surface. Vitrik™ is a glossy film, and isn’t made of small fibres like cloth, so the balls roll very smoothly.
What about the balls and cues, are they standard?
Both balls and cues are standard; the cues are timber with a silver finish. Use only Nottage approved balls. Use of any other type of ball will damage the play surface.
What type of bumpers are used?
The G-1™ uses the international-standard triangle section (called K-66) rubber bumpers for accurate rebound.
What size is the table available in?
The G-1 and G-4 are available in two sizes: 8’ x 4’ size; the playing area is the standard 88” x 44” 7' x 3.5' size; the playing area is the standard 78" x 39"
What size are the pockets?
The pockets and bumper dimensions are identical to international standard billiard tables.
Can the glass break easily?
No. The glass is 15mm(0.6”) thick, and is a one piece Monolithic Float Glass and is completely protected by the thick shock-absorbing Vitrik playing surface. An errant cue or airborne ball cannot break the glass, due to the shock absorbing nature of the Vitrik surface and strength of the toughened glass. However, as with traditional slate tops, it's not impervious to damage.
Why glass instead of slate?
Like slate, glass is very strong, rigid and provides excellent flatness even in large unsupported areas. Glass also integrates beautifully with modern interiors, as it’s used extensively in modern furniture and interior fittings.
How does the new Vitrik™ surface play compared with felt?
Vitrik replicates the rolling properties of standard felt (worsted-wool cloth). It also allows the use of spin (English). Feedback from professional pool players has indicated it rolls just like a 400g/m2 – in other words slightly slower than a tournament cloth. Spin (English) can be applied and the surface provides more friction than cloth giving a more aggressive effect. Traditional cloth surfaces change in speed as they wear out, plus depending on whether they have been brushed recently. Vitrik rolls at an identical rate over it's entire lifetime.
How durable is the Vitrik playing surface?
Vitrik is a smooth, glossy material and with proper care and maintenance, it is highly durable and will give years of service. Considerable testing has failed to tear it - even trick shots. The surface is inherently scratch-resistant so scratching through normal usage does not occur. The only way in which it can be damaged during game play is by striking the cue into it very hard with the cue steeply inclined. This can leave a light visual mark(just as it does on cloth), however it will not tear, unlike cloth. Any marking is superficial and can be improved by polishing with our Vitrik polish should they occur - we can recommend an equivalent off the shelf product too. The only situations that we would expect this to occur is extreme trick shots and jump shots. Unlike cloth Vitrik won't fade and isn't affected by humidity. It is easy to clean, is resistant to spills and doesn't allow chalk or other particles to get under it. This prevents the degradation of play experienced after only a few years of usage of cloth surfaces.
How large does my room need to be?
For a 8’ x 4’ size table we recommend a room of at least 15.5 x 12 feet (4.7 x 3.7 metres) if using 48” cues. Longer 58” cues require 17 x 13.5 feet (5.1 x 4.1 metres). For a 7’ x 3.5’ size table we recommend a room of at least 14.5 x 11.5 feet (4.4 x 3.5 metres) if using 48” cues. Longer 58” cues require 17 x 13.5 feet (4.7 x 5 metres). The G-1™ table weighs 320kg, distributed over 6 feet. The G-4 table weighs 270kg, distributed over 4 feet. Customers are responsible for ensuring that their floor is structurally sound, ie if it is not on the ground floor. If in doubt, you should consult a structural engineer. The Vitrik™ playing surface is durable and will give years of game play, but when it needs to be recovered eventually (just as cloth tables do), please contact us to have it recovered via your local dealer.
What is the build quality of your products like?
Nottage Design don’t mass produce cheap clone pool tables in China. We utilize only quality Australian suppliers and have a high standard in all aspects of our manufacturing. Our tables are made in Australia from all Australian components (aside from some minor components) and are constructed, painted and packed in Australia, so you can be assured that you will receive a high quality product.
What cleaning/maintenance is required for the Vitrik™ surface?
For routine cleaning, we recommend using a slightly damp cloth. Every 6 months we recommend application of the Vitrik™ polishing agent, which is an automotive combination polish/wax, (we can suggest an equivalent off the shelf product), to optimise its appearance and obtain maximum lifetime from the playing surface.
Is the G-1™ the same as a normal table aside from the clear top?
It has the same features that a standard table does. It’s heavy and very stable. The standard size 2.25” balls roll at a similar speed and its size and pocket dimensions meet international standards.
Tell me more about the frame’s construction.
The intention of the design is to create a modern, minimalist appearance, while still making it very robust and strong. This was done to allow the table to fit with more modern decors, which are light and open and make use of glass and metallic materials. The table frame is all steel and aluminium. It will not warp or sag like timber, and is not affected by humidity.
What makes the frame stable?
The frame uses heavy duty, thick-wall steel beams. The design gives excellent support to all areas of the glass. It is engineered like modern architectural structures, to provide strength and rigidity with less material and visual bulk.
Is the playing surface available in different colours?
Vitrik™ is available in a range of colours and both transparent and frosted finishes. The frosted finish creates the stunning visual effect of the balls floating on ice. If lit from underneath, the whole surface glows. There is a range of colours, tints and even mirror finishes available.
Are the frame and bumpers available in different colours and finishes?
Yes, both come in a wide range of powder coating color finishes.
How do I move the table?
Please contact us if you need to move the table.