I purchased a few dual pane window glass and want to use them for a cottage. They are 42 inches by 113". I would like to use hard maple and put them into a fixed window frame. Will this be durable, and recommended?
You may want to re think your choice of wood. Pine and cedar would be a better choice for a number of reasons -the most important being that they have a natural resistance to bugs, moisture, and decay. Maple is a great wood but is only used in interior installations (flooring & trims) or furniture as it finishes beautifully and wears extremely well. It does not resist moisture or insect activity. I do some antique restoration and have first hand experience with this.
Pine or cedar would be less expensive than maple and they both paint really well. That is the key to long lasting exteriors - protection. They are also easier to work with but the resins can produce an allergic reaction when doing a lot of cutting. A dust mask or working outdoors is recommended.
Sounds like a great project and boy, you are going to get great light from the huge windows!
Good Luck with it!
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Fixed window frame is good but some time it is not flexible according to your need so I would like to suggest that you should always use flexible windows.
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