The Sea Breeze That Cost $1.5M Due to Rusty Hing
The Phu Quoc Island Resort in Vietnam refitted all of their luxury villa doors with Waterson closer hinges due to costly and unsightly rust that had plagued their previous concealed door closers. The 1000+ room changeover sadly cost the 6-star resort as much as $1.5M in lost revenue due to a lengthy period of unbookable rooms. The resort had overlooked the fact that the alluring salty coastal sea breeze loved by their luxury-seeking guests could cause significant rust and self-closing function problems. They originally chose concealed hinges for their aesthetic appeal, however, salty water carried by the wind would collect on the exposed mechanisms, causing rust and frequent mechanical problems that led to expensive replacement projects.