The Build Show crew, Jordan Smith and Matt Risinger, took a trip overseas to get a taste of building materials and processes in Europe. While on the trip, Jordan was shown what he thinks is the best sliding door that he’s ever seen. To find out what made this particular door so special, watch the video above.
Jordan is a home builder in Austin Texas. He currently works with Matt Risinger on “The Build Show” and leads the steel and carpentry crews for Risinger Homes. He and his wife, Veronica, have 4 kids and enjoy designing, building, and remodeling together as a family. When he is not busy building or filming, Jordan can be found sitting alone, outside of his house in his pickup, scrolling though Instagram, while his family waits for him to come in for dinner.
Bonus Tip: How to install an exterior door on an unlevel floor
If you’ve installed more than a handful of exterior doors, you’ve probably run into a situation where the wood subfloor or concrete is way out of level. What do you do? Creating a bunch different sized shims is not a good idea because that creates voids under the threshold. Forming one large shim that spans the whole opening is doable if you have a band saw on hand, but that’s not often the case.
Here’s the best solution I’ve come across. Eric Klein, the window and door installation instructor’s instructor, passed along this ingenious nugget. Cut down strips of self-adhering roofing underlayment (aka ice and water). Eric prefers WinterGuard made by CertainTeed. Add layers of the underlayment to the floor, each one smaller than the next, until the low side has enough layers to level things out.
Keep the lengths of the strips spaced evenly to achieve a straight incline. The number of layers you need will ultimately depend on how far the floor is out of whack. The underlayment is pliable enough that the door should press into it and create a tight seal. Of course, you will still need to add sealant in the pattern that the manufacturer requires. Check out more door installation tips here.