Wiper blade technology has been the same for nearly 100 years until the recent innovation of the beam (frameless) style wiper blade. Why were beam blades created, and what makes them the best windshield wipers for snow?
In this post, we are going to look at the beam style wiper blade and see how and why it should always be the number one choice for all season performance. You should NEVER buy traditional winter windshield wipers again.
What is a Winter Windshield Wiper and Why Was it Made for the Snow?
A winter wiper blade is essentially a traditional summer wiper blade, wrapped in a protective coating. The only difference between a winter blade and a summer blade is that protective coating.
The protective coating was designed to keep the elements from building up between the moving parts of the blade, rendering the blade useless. You see, traditional wipers have virtually no natural curvature to the blade itself. The frame relies on the moving parts of the blade to conform to the windshield. If these moving parts become clogged or jammed, the blade will no longer wiper as intended.
The protective coat of the winter wiper was therefore created. This coat would protect ice, snow, and slush from building up inside the moving parts of the frame, and would allow it to continue to conform to the windshield.
However, this design still had many flaws. Most notably, the winter wipers are not designed with aerodynamic spoilers. The large bulky blades catch wind during driving and often cause “lift” from the windshield, once again rendering them useless. For many years companies and manufacturers fought the bulky design of the winter blade but were never successful. That is why they always recommended returning to a “summer” blade for the summer, and then buying “winter” blades for the winter, even though the only difference was the protective wrapping.
Along Came New Winter Windshield Wiper Technology: The Beam Blade
The beam wiper blade was created to eliminate all moving parts of the frame itself. In fact, the beam blade does not have a traditional frame at all, hence the term “frameless”.
Frameless blades have zero frame. They are pre-built with a natural curve so that they conform to the windshield without the use of hinges or levers.
The beam blade uses two forces to correctly fit the windshield. The pressure from the spring of the wiper arm pressing it down against the windshield, and wind. Where traditional winter wipers were trying to avoid catching the wind due to lift off, new beam style technology uses the wind to its advantage pressing and holding the blade down against the windshield.
Because beam blades have zero frame, engineers were able to utilize the extra gained space to create wind spoilers. These spoilers are engineered to catch the natural wind stream blowing across the windshield, and hold the wipers down firmly. This creates a better windshield wiper not only for the winter but for the summer also.
Beam wipers have eliminated the need to switch back and forward between summer and winter blades. Beam blades perform better in both weather conditions due to their zero frame design and wind spoilers.
Users now have the benifits of a durable winter blade and the performance of a premium summer fit.
Why Should You buy Beam Blades?
Beam blades will perform better in all weather conditions. They offer more durability and better performance no matter what mother nature throws at you.
A good pair of beam blades can also save you money in the long run. Think about it…
If you buy one set of summer blades in April, you are spending roughly $10-$20 depending on quality. If you switch to winter blades in November, add another $20-$30, once again depending on quality. Most consumers when changing wipers will perform some other sort of maintenance in the process, adding another $20-$40. You are now looking at roughly $50-$90 a year for inferior technology! It just doesn’t add up!
A good set of beam wiper blades will cost you anywhere from $30 to $80 USD. Although it is recommended to replace your blades at least once a year, most beam blades have proven to last far longer than the recommended usability.
Winter wiper blades are a thing of the past. Beam blades have swooped in and took their place. Beam blades have eliminated concerns regarding ice and snow buildup, and they provide better pressure on the windshield due to wind spoiler technology. Save money this winter season and choose beam wiper blades.
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