Bi-fold doors - any experience with 96" ht


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Old 04-08-08, 05:50 PM
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Bi-fold doors - any experience with 96" ht

I'm building a closet in a space with very high ceilings of 112". My 1920s house has so little storage space it's pathetic. I want to instiall two 24" wide x 96" tall solid wood bi-fold doors to maximize access to the space up to the ceiling. The guy at the permit office made a comment that these tall doors have problems with staying on track or falling off the hinges, or some such thing. Does anyone have any experience with such talls doors and do I need to worry about them not functioning properly?
 
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I haven't installed 8' bifolds, but can see where the problem of popping out of the track would be valid. The taller the door, the more weight will be placed on the pivots and the more they would tend to be unstable. Have you located any 8' bifolds yet? Look at them and see if they have the same attachment hardware as the 80" ones.
 
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The tallest bifolds I have seen were custom made for a 7'-6 opening. After you have analyzed frequency of use, this may make sense: use bifold I-beam jump proof track (includes ball bearing rollers, instead of a pin on the top of the door). Opt for a bottom pivot with a reinforced socket (instead of the easily adjustable type supplied with ordinary bifolds). Distance yourself from economy bifolds, or any made of softwood. In short, the whole is the sum of the parts.
 
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Old 04-09-08, 03:39 PM
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You mention "solid wood" doors. Exacly what do you you have in mind?
 
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My plan was for solid oak to match the woodwork of my house, but it will depend on just how much more expensive they are than the standard 80 inch height. I was quoted by one big-box retailer that the 80 inch oak veneer would be $100 and the 96 inch would be $560!!! Yikes. If I can't find something a bit more cheaper, I'm probably going to have to go with teh 80 inch door and figure out a different way to get to the top storage area, maybe cabinet doors or something.
 
 

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