Finding The Perfect Windscreen Wiper Blades

James William
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When your windshield Windscreen wiper blades are worn out, they can cause skipping and streaking across your windscreen. This can be dangerous and require replacement immediately. Consider your expected weather conditions when choosing your blades. Different blades are designed for specific conditions to ensure optimal performance.

Natural Rubber

Natural rubber wiper blades are a cost-effective option that offer decent performance in most environments. However, when exposed to scorching summer heat or freezing winter conditions they can deteriorate quickly and leave ugly rubber smears on your windshield.

Luckily, advancements in materials science technology have allowed manufacturers to create blade elements that deliver high-performance and longevity even when faced with harsh weather conditions. Soft blades typically use a mix of natural and synthetic rubber components to achieve the desired balance of durability, performance and resistance to environmental factors.

Opting for blades with recyclable components is a simple way to minimize waste and contribute to a greener future. Choose ones that also feature minimal packaging to further minimize their carbon footprint and contribute to a cleaner planet.

Silicone

The biggest wiper blade manufacturers don’t use silicone rubber in their products for a couple of reasons. The first is durability. Silicone can’t cope with extreme temperature variations and doesn’t perform as well in scorching heat or frosty conditions. Silicone wiper blades can also produce a haze on the windshield. This can cause smearing and reduce visibility in certain lighting conditions.

Regardless, many drivers choose to purchase silicone blades because they can last longer than natural rubber blades and don’t leave streaks or make squeaking noises. Some of the best silicone wiper blades include the Rain-X Endura, PEAK Silicone Plus, WowWiper Silicone Wiper Blade and Piaa Super Silicone Wiper Blade. These blades are available in both J-hook and side pin connections.

Hybrid

The Rodney Dangerfield of car parts: ignored until they fail, then cursed with vulgarities and obscenities. But with our dual-cut Windscreen wiper blades, you can get back to a life of smooth travels and clearer vision. They’re made of premium natural rubber, embedded with Teflon and coated with graphite to reduce friction, plus a spoiler for improved aerodynamic efficiency.

Conventional blades use an external metal frame to contour the windshield’s shape and ensure uniform pressure, but this style can be susceptible to ice and snow buildup. In contrast, beam blades eliminate the external frame for a sleeker aesthetic and superior performance in extreme weather conditions. However, they can be more expensive than conventional blades. Our hybrid blades offer the best of both worlds by combining an affordable metal frame with an effective rubber shell.

Winter

Winter wiper blades, which are typically encased in rubber boots to keep their joints from icing up, can help you see better during snowy weather. These wiper blades can either be frame or beam styles. To choose a style, refer to your owner’s manual for brand recommendations or check online.

Regardless of what type you choose, be sure to change your wiper blades twice per year. This will ensure that they continue to work at their best. And don’t forget to use washer fluid that can handle your local climate. Summer washer fluid targets bugs and road grease, while winter cleaners are formulated to remove ice and break up salt. This will protect your windshield and extend the life of your wiper blades. Using these tips can keep you safe on the roads all winter long.

Beam

Windshield wiper blade performance is largely based on contact or pressure points. Conventional or traditional windshield wiper blades are designed with six to eight points of contact. Compared to these, beam blades feature an infinite number of pressure points that keep them in contact with your windshield during even the harshest conditions. Beam wiper blades are also aerodynamic, preventing them from lifting away from the windshield when winds are high. This helps them perform better all year ’round in all weather conditions.

Premium beam blades are a little more expensive than conventional ones, but they’re an essential fleet safety tool that should be considered. In the long run, they’ll pay for themselves in fewer replacements and improved overall performance. This is especially true when your customers are driving in icy winters or unpredictable summers.

Conclusion

Windscreen wiper blades are easy to take for granted until they stop working correctly. Failing blades can leave streaks and reduce visibility. Conventional blades use a rubber shell attached to a metal frame. Beam blades are more flexible, hugging the windshield for better contact. Hybrid style blades combine the best of both, offering savings compared to conventional blades while retaining the flexibility of beam blades.

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