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Pros and Cons of Accordion Doors

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Pros and Cons of Accordion Doors

Accordion doors are vertically pleated and mounted on rollers so that they can be rolled out when needed, and collapsed and put away when they are not. They can be made of vinyl, wood or aluminum; they can be clear or opaque. You may have seen accordion doors used in schools or offices to divide work spaces from eating spaces, but they are just as effective in your home. Homeowners can use the doors to get the greatest use out of the space they have available – to give privacy when they need it, and openness when they don’t.


If you are considering accordion doors for your home, you probably have some questions. This guide will take you through some of the pros and cons of accordion doors.

    Accordion doors are vertically pleated and mounted on rollers so that they can be rolled out when needed, and collapsed and put away when they are not.
  1. 1.Accordion Doors are Versatile

    Most hot water heaters last over a decade. If yours is older, that might be your problem. An old hot water heater is going to cause problems and may not be worth the financial investment of fixing it. Many experts suggest replacing them entirely every 7 years. If you feel like yours is still useful but leaking, it might be an easy fix, or you could have a defective model.

  2. 2.Accordion Doors are Space Savers

    A screen does something similar to an accordion door, but there is one difference. When you are finished using a screen, you have to fold it up and find somewhere to put it in your home. With an accordion door, it already has a home. The doors are designed to be stored away neatly, with little fuss and muss.

  3. 3.Accordion Doors are Cost Effective

    It is much more inexpensive to install an accordion door than build a wall and doorway. The only materials needed for the accordion door are the door itself and the track, screws and rollers. With a wall, you’ll need to buy plaster, figure out electrical wiring, hire someone to put it up and then paint.

  5. 4.Accordion Doors Are Not Good Sound Barriers

    While the doors are cheaper than walls, they also aren’t as thick as walls. That means that it’s easier for sound to get through. That may not be a problem for you. If you want the doors to serve to separate one party-animal roommate from a wall-flower roommate, that might not be a good idea. However, for places where sound is not really an issue, they are just fine.

  6. 5.Accordion Doors Can be Flimsy

    While a normal wall probably won’t collapse and definitely won’t slip off its tracks – an accordion door could. There are more moveable parts, so there is more room for error. This problem can be avoided by treating your doors carefully. Don’t pull or push on them too hard, and make sure the track is kept oiled.


    You may only associate accordion doors with large industrial spaces or office work – but they can be just as comfortable, beautiful and effective inside a private home. Many homeowners use accordion doors for closets. Plus, they come in so many different styles and colors that they can add to the beauty of your home. If you’re considering accordion doors, find a good professional and figure out how to make it happen – today!

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