Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 80
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BlueRiband Nice compromise for door replacement
I wanted to restore a door, removed decades ago, to a passage between my entrance hall and dining area. Building from scratch requires advanced woodworking skills that I don’t have and a commissioned build is prohibitively expensive. So I bought the 30x80 size and added 2 and ¼ inches at the bottom to fit the frame height. I didn’t use the track hardware but separated the two panels, added to the bottom rails, and mortised for the hinges to lie flush to attach them to the steel door jamb. The stiles are much too marrow for a typical cylinder mechanism so I used magnetic catches at the top on the inside. Dummy levers were added for appearance and I used a brand of hardware that offers roses in the 1.5in diameter. (Standard door knob roses are much too wide to fit.)
“Ease of installation” I put at a 3 only because I had to give it some rating, but it’s not accurate since my adaptation didn’t use the manufacturer’s hardware and they never intended them to be used like this.
I’m very pleased with the solid, sturdy feel and appearance of the doors. One positive shipping note – that might at first seem trivial – is that the doors arrived with plastic film on both sides of each glass pane. This saves a lot of work in not having to painstakingly tape the edges on 40 sides of glass before staining or painting. But most importantly the glass is protected and stabilized during the installation handling. I’m working alone and I’m not Wonder Woman and much appreciated this during all the cumbersome handling.
If anyone might be thinking of doing the same thing, the advice I would give is to examine the specs and plan out the project – including precisely what hardware you will use - before making a purchase. There is no lock rail. I would strongly advise against any deep mortising of the stiles they are very narrow and doing so would seriously compromise their integrity – remember that they have to support all of those glass panes.
September 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JimmyV French bifold doors
Great product. Heavy duty. Used at opposite end of large room that has French doors. Sets off the room by having the bifold French doors at opposite end.
September 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by errol44 A Great Door For the Price
The door is very well made, well packaged, and looks great when hung. We bought this to use as a door to our commode to replace a "saloon door." We stained it, put "rice paper" film on the glass panes, and added oriental style pulls and it came out great. One thing I will say is that the wood did not take the stain well on our first try. We then tested several mixtures as wood conditioner, including Minwax's commercial brand. But what worked best for us was a mix of vegetable oil and white vinegar... the wood took the stain beautifully. Overall, very happy with this purchase.
August 4, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by mom2diego Beautiful But Poor Manufacturer Packaging
These doors are beautifully made and look spectacular in my home. We were looking for a rustic barn look but needed light to filter from one room to the next. We stained them with Minwax in color special Walnut and achieved the look we wanted. Unfortunately, upon opening the box, we realized it brought the wronfg size track. We had hired someone to install the doors for us and wasted his time and our money for the day. The company over nighted one but was frustrating to have to wait another week for my contractor to be available.
Home Depot service was impeccable but Pinecroft gets a big fat Zero on this one!!!
April 14, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Terry Good door but pay up for painted door if you want it white
Solid attractive door. In some corners there was separation of the wood frame I needed to repair with wood filler, but almost to be expected.
If you want a white door, pay up the additional $100 to get it painted (I am assuming it is a well-done job). It took me over 6 hours to sand, tack cloth, prime, and carefully paint this sucker--20 frames per side, so a total of 40 window frames to paint, and with 2 coats (I should be putting on a 3d but cannot bear to), 80 frames to paint. Then, there is the careful razoring around each frame and removing the film from the glass. Now, touch up. I painted it white, and wish I paid up for the painted door. Installation was a breeze.
September 15, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by oldtoddhouse Superior Quality and Construction
This door requires sanding with 220 grit paper. It is a long process due to number of stiles, but ultimately rewarding in a superior paint or stain finish. Plastic film over glass make painting or staining easy. Have a second person to make hanging easier.
September 28, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by alexl Good Value for the Money
I bought these for use as 2 separate doors (french doors), not bifolds. The general quality of construction was acceptable. Doors and glass all arrived in good shape. Several hinges were misaligned and missing screws, but that didn't matter as I removed all of them. Many of the horizontal mullions had big gaps (up to 1/8th ") where they met the vertical frame members so that I had to fill them before putting on the finish. Plastic wrap on the glass was difficult to remove (needed a razor blade) as it was applied over each whole pane of glass before it was installed in the door - they didn't just peel off.
February 17, 2009
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by pcm60 Very pricey and very soft wood
I didn't use them as bifold doors but rather as an architectural detail on either side of a large entryway from main hallway into living room, think sidelights without a door between them. They are bare wood and needed to be prepped and sanded like you would with any bare wood project. I found the wood scratches very easily, so I primed, sanded, primed, sanded, painted, sanded, painted, light sanding final top coat. So all in all there are five coats of paint, 2 primer and 3 of the final color. They look beautiful for what I used them for however the film covering the glass so painting is easier were a real bear to get off x 40! I say I would recommend this product as it is what I needed and if I could have found old used one at a salvage I would have preferred that but I couldn't. I also bought French doors for the entryway from living room into dining room and these bifolds were almost the same price as the prehung French doors. So I stand by they are a bit pricey all things considered.
July 26, 2016