The wool pile weatherstripping in my patio door frame is disintegrating. The bristles are just falling off on contact. Parts of of it (most likely a section that deteriorated early) had previously been covered with a felt weatherstripping tape.
I've looked at instructions for how to replace it on a window and they all rely on being able to access an end of the strip to slide out the old one and slide in a new one. That won't work for me because this is an aluminum door frame that cannot be disassembled. The tracks run all of the way to the ends.
I have seen zipper pile products that look like they would work in this situation.
Is pile even the best solution in this situation? This isn't a sliding door, it is a normal hinged door, so it does not require pile for motion.
Would I get a better seal by simply removing the remaining pile and replacing everything with 3/4" felt?
Or should I be looking at a high density foam or rubber product? Priorites and technology has changed since 1969...I'm not convinced the pile is still the best option, and the cost differences are marginal.