If you are serious about table tennis and want to increase your skill level, you’ll need to invest in a table; otherwise, you’ll be forced to visit your local table tennis club anytime you want to play. Unfortunately, though, not everyone has the space available inside their home for a full-sized table. Whether you live in an apartment or home, there’s oftentimes just not enough room for a ping pong table. The good news, however, is that some models are designed specifically for outdoor use. If you are interested in using one, keep reading and we’ll reveal some of the things to look for when purchasing an outdoor ping pong table.
First and foremost, it’s important to note that MOST ping pong tables are not designed for outdoor use. Playing on them outside is perfectly fine, but you must bring them inside when you are finished. Allowing your table to remain outside will eventually allow the weather and elements to take a toll on it. Rain and humidity will soak into the wood pores, causing it to warm, rot and crack, all of which are detrimental to a table. In addition, the sun’s UV rays will fade the forest green color of the table into a duller shade.
Of course there are some ping pong tables which are built to withstand the outdoor elements. If it’s specifically labeled “for outdoor use,” then you know it’s a good model to use here. They tend to made with stronger, more durable materials that repel moisture instead of soaking it in. Be sure to carefully read the description of any table you are thinking of purchasing to determine whether or not it’s suitable for outdoor use.
Even if a ping pong table is suited for outdoor use, it’s still recommended that you use a cover on it. This will keep excess raid and moisture off the table, allowing it to last longer and without damaging. You can find tarp-like covers for as little as $20 or $30 bucks, which is small price to pay for the protection of your ping pong table.
Ideally, you should try to clear out a spot inside your home for a ping pong table. If this isn’t an option, however, there are models out there designed for outdoor use. When used in conjunction with a table cover, they can last just as long as an indoor model. Just remember to periodically wipe it down to ensure no water or dirt builds up on it.