Thanks for the clarification on your OPINION, rather than facts. As for
acting like a blanket, you can buy them made from vinyl, wood, aluminum, and
in varying thickness. Some are fire rated. Have you looked at any
I've looked at a few. The plastic plank ones looked almost acceptable
to me, but I'd be looking real close at the construction of the
"hinges". Have not seen any yet that I'd trust at the head end of a
stairway. Have not seen aluminum ones available for residential use
that would be anything close to cost effective and strong enough.The
fabric style would not meet my approval for sure. I know there are
some that are used as room deviders in large meeting rooms and
gymnasiums but they are hellish expensive and some tend to be quite
troublesome. The ones installed at a church I used to attend were far
from cheap, but certainly not trouble free, and no-one involved with
them would ever recommend or use them again.
Accordion doors have taken a beating, and for the most part deservedly
so, but that reputation is due to the fact that the only residential
accordion doors people have ever seen are the cheapest pieces of crap
imaginable. There are far better quality accordion doors available.
Security, acoustic, quality veneers, etc.
The sticky wicket in the mix is that having high quality with a lot of
moving parts makes it difficult to get it even close to the price of a
standard door option. There's nothing ruling out an accordion door in
your application, other than possibly price and your sense of
aesthetics. Your house, your money, your call - but it might be
worthwhile to update your accordion door knowledge and get some
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