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Weatherstrip for wood windows

A quick learner from Marysville says:
We have beautiful fir windows built in 2001 that are rotting due to water infiltration that bypasses the weatherstripping. The weatherstripping is a wool pile with a flimsy piece of plastic embedded in the middle of the pile. The weatherstripping is exactly like the one in your video demonstrating how to measure for replacement. The window manufacturer embedded the 3/16" W x 3/16" H weatherstripping in a kerf that limits the crushed pile height to 1/16". The kerf measures 3/16" W x 3/32" H. We are desperately trying to protect our investment! Research indicates a vinyl may be best to prevent moisture problems. The windows have 1/2" to work with from the exterior edge of the frame that holds the glass (we have casements), to the frame that holds the glass. The existing 3/16" kerf is centered in the 1/2" available space. I am not familiar with your company website to search for replacement weatherstripping by our measurement criteria. If you can offer some help, we will be grateful! Thank you,
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Tom from SWISCO responded:
We would be happy to help! Could you send us some photos so we can identify the proper part for you?
A quick learner from Marysville says:
Here are representative photos of the existing weatherstrip. Would you recommend a vinyl with new installation that disregards the existing kerf? Rain easily bypasses the existing broom style
User submitted photos of wool pile.
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Tom from SWISCO responded:
Thank you. The closest match we have is our 58-021 with a 3/16" wide base and a 3/16" high pile. This comes with a fin to help reduce moisture. I'm not sure if we have anything that would keep moisture out better, necessarily. That is exactly what the fin is for. It's possible your old seal is just old and worn. If you want to use a different kind of weatherseal, we offer many different kinds but I'm not sure what would work better. There's not really a 1:1 replacement. You can see all of our weatherseal here.
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