Natural Balistone, colloquially referred to as Sukabumi, is a fascinating lava-derived stone, imbued with inherent hues of grey and blue, which metamorphoses into an enchanting emerald green upon immersion in water. Despite this charming transformation, segments not subjected to submersion persist with a less attractive grey tint, frequently clashing with the overarching aesthetics of the pool and outdoor area. As shown in the accompanying image, areas exposed to intermittent water splashes but not fully submerged undergo a pronounced process of erosion. Consequently, without conscientious sealing and consistent maintenance, these sections risk significant disintegration, potentially resulting in crumble within a span as brief as six months.

A principal constraint of natural Balistone is its inherently porous nature. The stone, in its unprocessed form, is ill-suited for constant submersion. This porosity, along with an increased sensitivity to aquatic chemicals, generates immediate maintenance concerns and results in a a complex installation procedure.
Thus, any provider of natural Balistone pool tiles must have comprehensive knowledge of the stone’s distinctive characteristics and potential difficulties.

The stone’s geological origins contribute additional complexities. Its composition, rich with iron nodules and intricate layers, gives rise to considerable colour variations – from light green to dark brown. Only a select few quarries have the capacity to produce a stable colour devoid of brown discolouration. Moreover, some portions of the stone formation are subject to significant environmental alterations such as exposure to hot steam. This exposure compromises the integrity of the stone, making the resulting blocks and tiles fragile and challenging to handle. Material harvested from these affected regions often does not meet commercial usability standards. Consequently, this further intensifies the challenges associated with the application and upkeep of natural Balistone.

In contrast, Balistone Mosaics offer a seamless, visually appealing experience. Engineered to mimic the natural allure of Balistone, these mosaic tiles circumvent the inherent issues associated with the natural stone. They provide consistent colouring, greater durability, and simpler installation and maintenance processes. Moreover, they sustain the aesthetic beauty of Balistone, but without its problematic attributes. Hence, when evaluating the trade-offs, Balistone Mosaics clearly emerges as the superior choice.