The Polaris Soft Close Hinge developed by Glass Hardware Australia is a unique self-closing hinge for use in all outdoor and indoor frameless glass applications. It was designed to meet the tough requirements of frameless glass pool fencing in Australia so can be used in all applications where glass doors or gates are needed. The Polaris Soft Close Hinge is designed to be resistant to chemicals, to operate in a wet environment and to withstand constant outdoor use and the harsh Australian weather. To be used as a glass pool fence hinge meant it had to be durable, reliable and last for at least ten years. The sleek stainless steel construction makes it strong and durable but also makes it stylish and attractive. As an architectural feature it is minimalist and its design geometry is compatible with the toughened glass it supports. The Polaris Soft Close Hinge uses a spring and shock absorbers to ensure gentle closing every time from any position, whether fully or only slightly open.
The Polaris Soft Close Hinge closes with a soft and light action not only making it safe but also quiet in operation. As a glass pool fence hinge it is the safest and most reliable hinge in the industry complying with the stringent Australian Standards AS1926 and AS 2820. Both the Royal Life Saving Society Australia and the Samuel Morris Foundation—organisations dedicated to preventing child drownings—have endorsed the product for use in Australian pools.
In 2010 & 2016 the Polaris Soft Close Hinge was awarded a prestigious Australian International Design Mark™ Award. Presented by Standards Australia, the Australian International Design Awards is Australia’s premier design assessment program. Products were judged for their innovation, visual and emotional appeal, functionality, quality of manufacturing, usability (ergonomics and safety) and environmental sustainability. Michael Stuart, the CEO of Glass Hardware Australia, is an industry insider with significant, first-hand experience of installation (and materials supply) and understands the needs of installers, customers and other major stakeholders in the industry. His passionate concern for the safety of glass pool fences has driven him to develop a soft close hinge that will not only meet Australia’s safety standards for glass pool fences but is suitable for a range of indoor and outdoor applications. The Polaris Soft Close Hinge is a state-of-the-art product that is ahead of its rivals in design, style and safety.