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Closet doors...Bi-Folding Doors OR Mirrored Sliding Doors

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Jun 6, 2007
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Closet doors...Bi-Folding Doors OR Mirrored Sliding Doors

Have about 7 closets to close up. Torn between Bi-Folding doors which IMO are more appealing to the eye BUT probably have higher tendency to break or come off the tracks due to more working parts with each use. Or simple Mirrored sliding doors which we are practical and will probably last longer on long run.

Am torn.
Which would you pick? Its for a rental property.
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Jan 25, 2007
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Last I looked, bi-folds were cheaper. And the part to repair them are less.
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Nov 21, 2013
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for a rental I'd go with mirror. Tenants will break the bi-folding. But for my house I'd go with bi-filding, hate the look of mirror doors
Jan 21, 2011
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Go with bi-fold over mirrored, full access to closet. Better yet, put two regular swing doors if you can.
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lamin wrote: Go with bi-fold over mirrored, full access to closet. Better yet, put two regular swing doors if you can.
Swing doors are nicer, no question, but they take up space in the room when opening, so furniture placement is more limited.
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Dec 13, 2008
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Replaced all my floppy noisy Bi-fold doors (x7) with the Sliding Door type, both mirror and opaque.

In the hallway, the mirror type makes the area seem more open. For the two bedrooms with the same size door, i swapped one door to have half mirror/ half opaque.

Installation is a 1/2 hour after doing one install. Over time the sliders will hold up better.

You can get a three panel slider if you need more opening width.

Hope this helps.
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Feb 25, 2004
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I don't know about a rental but for regular use by the owner, I don't think bi-folding breaking is a real issue. When I was a kid, all the closets had bi-folding doors at home and we (including my sister that wasn't very careful) never broke any. My current house also has bi-folding doors and I never broke any.

That is a really a personal opinion but to me, mirror doors do look dated while bi-folding (again in my opinion) stand the test of time better look wise.
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Apr 11, 2006
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How about non-mirrored sliding doors?

I find bi-folding closet doors yucky, but it is totally personal preference.

There's so many nice sliding door options, especially the type with an upper hang rail and you just have floor divider guides screwed into the floor, no track on the bottom. Not talking barn door style setup.
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Oct 13, 2008
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For a RENTAL ... then the cheapest most viable option would suffice. Remember ... most tenants don't take care of your stuff. Ultimately, if it is broken ... you would need to go fix it.
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What about regular slab door for closet door? Most new detached houses use those now