The Three Main Types Of Wiper Blades

While most people may consider all wiper blades the same, different types of wipers will offer a different set of advantages and drawbacks when compared to each other. Understanding the differences between each type of wiper blade can help you choose which one is best suited for your needs and driving habits.

Standard Wiper Blades

Standard wiper blades are exactly what their name suggests – the most common type of wiper blade on the market. This is because of their extremely low cost, and as such they can be found preinstalled on most new and used vehicles. They look slightly like a coat hanger, and come in a wide range of sizes, which means that you can customize the wipers to have greater coverage on the driver's side of the windshield than on the passenger's. However, standard wiper blades do not offer the performance or durability that other wiper blades do, and will sometimes not have the greatest adhesion to the windshield, which can hurt visibility.

Flat Wiper Blades

Flat wiper blades are slowly becoming more common, and offer a different structure over standard wiper blades. They have a thin piece of metal running along the rubber of the wiper blade, which makes the wiper blade flatter and more likely to stay adhered to the windshield, providing superior coverage over standard wiper blades. Flat wiper blades are also thinner and less bulky, which means that they will block less of your vision will they are in motion. However, they are also more expensive than standard wiper blades, and will probably have to be installed after you purchase your car, which can be a hassle.

Spoiler Wiper Blades

Spoiler wiper blades are similar to standard wiper blades in design, except for the fact that they have a large rubber 'spoiler' that runs the entire length of the wiper, which creates down-force and keeps the wiper blade pressed down to the windshield. This creates superior wiping ability, but results in two negative aspects: firstly, the spoiler is quite a bit larger than a standard wiper blade, which can hamper visibility while in use, and secondly, spoilers represent a higher price point than standard wiper blades (though a lower one when compared to flat wiper blades).

While each of the three types of wiper blades has a certain general set of benefits and disadvantages, keep in mind that the exact price and ability of each wiper blade will depend on the manufacturer and model of the wiper blades, as well as the model of car that they are installed on. For more information about wipers and other auto parts, contact a company like Parry Automotive (Barrie) Ltd.