FAQ

The following list of frequently asked questions and answers was compiled to meet your information needs.

General

Skyfold® Classic™ Series

Skyfold Zenith® Series

Skyfold Zenith® Premium Series

Skyfold Mirage®

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General


Q: When stored away, does SKYFOLD operable walls take up any floor space?

A: When not in use, SKYFOLD rests in its folded position, in the ceiling, requiring absolutely no floor space. In fact, in many installations, it is not even possible to tell if and where the SKYFOLD walls are located, until they are operated.

Classic™
Zenith®
Mirage®


Q: What type of structural support is required for SKYFOLD operable walls?

A: SKYFOLD operable walls takes less structural steel than conventional operable walls since it is a static load. SKYFOLD walls’ loading on the structural steel is always evenly distributed across its width. SKYFOLD walls’ entire weight is never concentrated as a single point load on the structure. SKYFOLD operable walls weighs approximately 6.0 – 9.4 lbs/ft² (29.4 – 46 kg/m²), significantly less than conventional operable walls.


Q: How much ceiling room is required to store SKYFOLD operable walls?

A: SKYFOLD operable walls is remarkably compact. In many instances, depending on the height of the wall, a folding ratio from 1:5 to 1:10 is achieved. This remarkable feature allows SKYFOLD operable walls to be stored in most existing ceiling spaces.

Design Charts – Classic™ Series – Standard Drive – Imperial
Design Charts – Classic™ Series – Standard Drive – Metric
Design Charts – Classic™ Series – Micro Drive – Imperial
Design Charts – Classic™ Series – Micro Drive – Metric
Design Charts – Zenith® Series – Imperial
Design Charts – Zenith® Series – Metric
Design Charts – Mirage® – Imperial
Design Charts – Mirage® – Metric


Q: What are the electrical requirements of SKYFOLD operable walls?

A: SKYFOLD operable walls requires a three-phase power supply commonly available in all buildings.

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Q: How is access achieved between rooms divided by SKYFOLD operable walls?

A: Although the SKYFOLD operable walls do not have pass through doors, the SKYFOLD operable walls are completely automatic. Simply raising the wall partially will allow passage between rooms.


Q: How does SKYFOLD operable walls operate?

A: SKYFOLD operable walls are fully automatic. At the simple turn of a key plus 2 push buttons, SKYFOLD operable walls either open or close, smoothly and quietly. There is no manual intervention. The wall stops instantly, without coasting, if either or both push buttons are released.

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Q: What is the difference between an operable wall’s acoustic rating (the complete system rating) and its panel’s acoustic rating?

A: The difference between an operable wall’s acoustic rating and its panel rating can be significant. In general, panel ratings are based on tests performed on one or more panels that are fixed in place and that do not necessarily have some or all of the panel joints and associated gaskets and seals that the fully operable system has. As such, the Panel acoustic ratings do not represent the actual fully operable system rating. Similarly, a test of a manual system cannot accurately represent the ratings achievable by a fully automatic operable system using the same panel construction as its “equivalent” manual system.

Skyfold operable wall system tests are of fully automatic Skyfold operable walls that are installed and tested within an independent and accredited lab’s, standard steel frames in accordance with ASTM E90 (North America) and ISO 140-3 (Europe). For the ratings to be legitimate the tested operable wall must be identical in construction and functionality as the ones manufactured for the market. They include all fixed acoustic seals and gaskets, mechanical acoustic seals, mechanisms, etc. Also, for the test specimen to be designated an operable wall it must be opened and closed no less than 5 times without further adjustments prior to testing as per the ASTM E90 test standard for operable walls.

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Skyfold Classic Series


Q: What finishes are available for the SKYFOLD Classic operable walls?

A: Our finishes include, but are not limited to vinyl, fabric, stainless steel, customer supplied materials, wood veneer, plastic laminates, et. The finish cannot exceed 1/8” (3mm) thickness. For standard design criteria, the finish cannot exceed 0.111 pounds per square foot (0.542 kgs/m²). Heavier material will have to be approved by Skyfold. Our finishes are “railroaded” onto our panels, applied horizontally, in one piece, along the panel length, rather than vertically as is the typical application for wall finishes.

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Q: What sizes are available for the SKYFOLD Classic operable walls?

A: The minimum wall length, without modifying our system is 11’-3” (3430mm). There is no maximum length restriction. Walls over 100 feet (30480mm) are readily accommodated without any loss of function. Below are the maximum ceiling heights for the SKYFOLD Classic partitions:

Model Maximum Ceiling Heights
Skyfold® Classic 51™ 36’-0” (11000mm)
Skyfold® Classic 55™ 36’-0” (11000mm)
Skyfold® Classic 60™ 28’-2” (8585mm)
Skyfold® Classic NRC™ 36’-0” (11000mm)

Design Charts – Classic Series – Standard Drive – Imperial
Design Charts – Classic Series – Standard Drive – Metric
Design Charts – Classic Series – Micro Drive – Imperial
Design Charts – Classic Series – Micro Drive – Metric


Q: What are the fire and smoke properties for the SKYFOLD Classic operable walls?

A: The SKYFOLD Classic operable walls and their components have been designed for excellent flame and smoke properties. Panels have a Class "A" fire rating. The SKYFOLD Classic operable walls, however, are not designed to be a fire barrier.

Fire Test Report – North American Standard
Fire Test Report – European Standard


Q: What is the acoustic performance for the SKYFOLD Classic operable walls?

A: All the SKYFOLD Classic operable walls have excellent acoustics.

Model System Rating Panel Rating
STC Rw NRC SAC STC Rw
Skyfold® Classic 51™ 51 PDF 51 PDF 61 PDF 60 PDF
Skyfold® Classic 55™ 55 PDF 54 PDF 61 PDF 60 PDF
Skyfold® Classic 60™ 60 PDF 59 PDF 66 PDF 64 PDF
Skyfold® Classic NRC™ 50 PDF 49 PDF 0.65 PDF 0.65 PDF 60 PDF 58 PDF

Standard SKYFOLD Classic operable walls are 11 3/4″ (300mm) thick with two independent planes of steel panels separated by a 10 1/4″ (260mm) air space that creates an anechoic chamber. It also has 1½” (38mm) insulation on the back of each panel. The combination of these elements creates an exceptional sound barrier that must be heard to be believed. SKYFOLD Classic operable walls have been approved by many top architectural firms in the world for use in spaces where sound control is critical.

The Skyfold® Classic NRC™ is not only designed to stop sound but also absorb sound.


Q: Do the SKYFOLD Classic operable walls require any wall or floor tracks?

A: Part of the beauty and elegance of the SKYFOLD Classic operable walls is that they do not require any floor or wall tracks. All acoustical components are integrated into the wall. Once the SKYFOLD Classic operable wall is in the down position, acoustical seals automatically engage against the floor and fixed walls.


Q: What types of safety features do the SKYFOLD Classic operable walls provide?

A: All SKYFOLD operable walls are equipped with two switches; a key to activate the system and two push buttons to operate the system. These switches are wired in series to ensure they are operated simultaneously. When either or both push buttons are released, the wall stops immediately, without coasting. SKYFOLD Classic operable walls are also equipped with a continuous pressure sensing strip on the bottom leading edge of the wall. If this sensing strip comes in firm contact with an object, power will be cut to the system and it will then automatically reverse direction and ascend for approximately 3 seconds to clear the obstruction. Normal operation of the system can resume once the obstruction has been removed.

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Skyfold Zenith® Series


Q: What finishes are available for the SKYFOLD Zenith operable walls?

A: Finishes on our Zenith 48 model are limited to our standard fabrics and vinyl. For our Zenith 55 and Zenith 60 models our finishes include, but are not limited to vinyl, fabric, stainless steel, customer supplied materials, wood veneer, plastic laminates, etc. The finish cannot exceed 1/8” (3mm) thickness. For standard design criteria, the finish cannot exceed 0.111 pounds per square foot (0.542 kgs/m²). Heavier material will have to be approved by Skyfold. Our finishes are “railroaded” onto our panels, applied horizontally, in one piece, along the panel length, rather than vertically as is the typical application for wall finishes.

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Q: What sizes are available for the SKYFOLD Zenith operable walls?

A: The maximum length is 48 feet (14630mm) and the maximum height is 12 feet (3660mm) to the finished ceiling. The minimum wall length, without modifying our Zenith system is 9’-0” (3430mm).

Design Charts – Zenith – Imperial
Design Charts – Zenith – Metric


Q: What are the fire and smoke properties for the SKYFOLD Zenith operable walls?

A: The SKYFOLD Zenith operable walls and their components have been designed for excellent flame and smoke properties. Panels have a Class “A” fire rating. The SKYFOLD Zenith walls, however, are not designed to be a fire barrier.

Fire Test Report – North American Standard
Fire Test Report – European Standard


Q: What is the acoustic performance for the SKYFOLD Zenith operable walls?

A: All the SKYFOLD Zenith operable walls have excellent acoustics.

Model System Rating Panel Rating
STC Rw NRC SAC STC Rw
Skyfold Zenith® 48 48 PDF 47 PDF 57 PDF 55 PDF
Skyfold Zenith® 51 51 PDF 51 PDF 61 PDF 60 PDF
Skyfold Zenith® 55 55 PDF 54 PDF 61 PDF 60 PDF
Skyfold Zenith® 60 60 PDF 59 PDF 66 PDF 64 PDF
Skyfold Zenith® NRC 50 PDF 49 PDF 0.65 PDF 0.65 PDF 60 PDF 58 PDF

Standard SKYFOLD Zenith operable walls are 11 3/4″ (300mm) thick with two independent planes of steel panels separated by a 10 1/4″ (260mm) air space that creates an anechoic chamber. It also has 1½” (38mm) insulation on the back of each panel. The combination of these elements creates an exceptional sound barrier that must be heard to be believed. SKYFOLD Zenith operable walls have been approved by many top architectural firms in the world for use in spaces where sound control is critical.


Q: Do the SKYFOLD Zenith operable walls require any wall or floor tracks?

A: Part of the beauty and elegance of the SKYFOLD Zenith operable walls is that they do not require any floor or wall tracks. All acoustical components are integrated into the wall. Once the SKYFOLD Zenith operable wall is in the down position, acoustical seals automatically engage against the floor and fixed walls.


Q: What types of safety features do the SKYFOLD Zenith operable walls provide?

A: All SKYFOLD Zenith operable walls are equipped with two switches; a key to activate the system and two push buttons to operate the system. These switches are wired in series to ensure they are operated simultaneously. When either or both push buttons are released, the wall stops immediately, without coasting. The SKYFOLD Zenith operable walls are also equipped with a continuous pressure sensing strip on the bottom leading edge of the wall. If this sensing strip comes in firm contact with an object, power will be cut to the system and it will then automatically reverse direction and ascend for approximately 3 seconds to clear the obstruction. Normal operation of the system can resume once the obstruction has been removed.

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Skyfold Zenith® Premium


Q: What are the size limitations for Zenith Premium?

A:
  • Width = Unlimited
  • Height = Up to 14’ (4,267m)

Q: What are the available STC’s (RW’s) for Zenith Premium?

A:
  • Zenith Premium walls are available in the following STC’s: 51, 55, 60 and NRC
  • Zenith Premium walls are available in the following Rw’s: 51, 54, 59 and NRC

Q: What is included in the Zenith Premium Package?

A:Zenith Premium includes the following: 2 touch screen keypads and the pocket closure.


Q: What is the speed of the Zenith Premium wall?

A: Zenith Premium will retract and deploy quicker than the standard Zenith model. It will move at approximately the same speed as the Skyfold Classic walls.


Q: Are lights available in the Zenith Premium model?

A: Yes, lights are available both in the pocket closure panels to wash the wall with light in the down (deployed) position and in the bottom panels of the wall to provide light from above when the wall in in the up (retracted) position.


Q: Can Zenith Premium be stepped or sloped?

A: Only standard rectangular openings are suitable for Zenith Premium at this time.


Q: Can Zenith Premium walls be intersecting?

A: Not at this time.


Q: Will Zenith Premium require more width in the ceiling?

A: Yes, because of the pocket closure, the width at the ceiling (or bottom of the pocket) will be slightly wider than a standard Zenith wall of the same size.


Q: Will Zenith Premium require more stack space in the plenum?

A: Not a simple yes or no answer. In many cases, it takes less room to stack Zenith Premium. In other cases, it takes slightly more. The elimination of the top of the pocket (which adds inches to the stack height) allows Zenith Premium to stack in essentially the same space as standard Zenith or Classic. Due to the various differences in panel height and pocket width, however, there are separate Design Tips charts for Zenith Premium.


Q: Is the acoustical barrier different for Zenith Premium?

A: Yes, the acoustical barrier will extend from the bottom of the pocket to the deck on both sides of the wall. Acoustical barriers for standard Zenith wall is directly above the wall. See available drawings. As always, all acoustical barriers must meet ASTM E557 standards based on the acoustical performance of the wall.


Q: Will access panels be required for the Zenith Premium wall?

A: Yes, an access panel will be required through the acoustical barrier to access the motor. Brackets, lifting mechanisms, cables and motor will be accessible through the flip up pocket closure panels when the wall is in the down position.


Q: How different is the installation of Zenith Premium from the standard Zenith wall?

A: It will take approximately the same time to install Zenith Premium as the standard Zenith model. However, all installers will need to be trained on the differences including: installing the cable, installing the horizontal panels and the pocket angle, and setting up the AC drive (which is required to vary the motor speed and maintain a more constant travel speed between transitions and decrease the overall travel time). Up-to-date installation instructions will be available prior to the first installation.


Q: Will the pocket closure angle with gaskets on the acoustical barrier change with the STC?

A: The pocket closure angle (one standard design) attached to the acoustical barrier will always be the same gauge steel as the thicker STC 60 panel lips. They will be Firestone bone white and in standard 8’ lengths and will need to be snipped on site to the necessary length. They can be painted in the field to match the pocket / ceiling.


Q: Will “generic” 8-page shop drawings be available for Zenith Premium?

A: Yes, standard “generic” shop drawings will be available with quotes as of January 19, 2018.


Q: Is Zenith Premium Patented?

A: Yes, worldwide patents are pending – the patents cover the use of this technology on all vertically folding partitions, including systems that fold simultaneously, randomly, sequentially from top, and sequentially from the bottom.


Q: Is Skyfold Classic available with the pocket closure option?

A: Not at this time.

Skyfold Mirage®


Q: What types of finishes are available for SKYFOLD Mirage operable walls?

A: Panel inserts can accept almost any material 1 1/16" (27mm) in thickness. Our standard options include laminated clear glass and frosted glass. Other possible options may include Plexiglass, Lexan and bullet proof glass to mention a few. Frame finishes available are Silver Metallic, Oil Rub Bronze, Sandstone Smooth Matte, Almond Smooth Matte (30 Gloss), Bronze Matte Metallic and Roman Bronze Smooth Matte.

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Q: What sizes are available for the SKYFOLD Mirage operable wall?

A: SKYFOLD Mirage operable walls can be installed with finished ceiling heights of up to 24’-0" (7315mm). There is no maximum length restriction. The minimum wall length without modifying our system is 6’-0" (1830mm).

Design Charts – Mirage® – Imperial
Design Charts – Mirage® – Metric


Q: What types of safety features does SKYFOLD Mirage operable walls provide?

A: All SKYFOLD walls are equipped with two switches; a key to activate the system and two push buttons to operate the system. These switches are wired in series to ensure they are operated simultaneously. When either or both push buttons are released, the wall stops immediately, without coasting. SKYFOLD Mirage comes equipped with an infrared sensor that will stop the walls decent and automatically reverse its direction if the light beam is broken by an object or person. Normal operation of the system can resume once the obstruction has been removed.

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