April 26, 2011
We’ve had a very dry spring, as a result, drivers haven’t been using their windshield wipers. That means they don’t notice the fact that, unless they have fitted silicone wiper blades, their windshield wipers are degrading all the time. Rubber windshield wipers are attacked by the naturally occurring ozone and ultra violet light in our daily environment. Additionally, if you’ve been using a winter screen wash, the additives which prevent the screen-wash from freezing may well also cause your rubber windshield wipers to degrade. Other pollutants also degrade natural rubber windshield wipers, further accelerating their degradation, even if they aren’t being used!
That all means that, when the rain eventually gets here, you may wellfind that those new windshield wipers you put on not long ago will already be worn out, even though you have hardly used them. That can not only give you an unwelcome surprise when you eventually need to use your windshield wipers, but it can also be specially annoying, especially if you’ve paid a premium price for any of the famous wiper blade brands.
On the other hand, Silicone Wiper Blades have 2 useful advantages over rubber windshield wipers in terms of life expectancy:-
1) Silicone Wiper Blades will not degrade when they aren’t in use, because they are impervious to attack by ozone, ultra violet light, the chemicals used in screen wash and environmental pollution. Have you never noticed how your rubber windshield wipers have become stuck to the windshield after being left in the sun?
2) A 100% silicone wiper blade is much more durable in use than a rubber one. The typical life expectancy of a silicone wiper blade is in the region of 1.5 million cycles. That’s about three times the life of even the top rubber windshield wipers.
Finally, Silicone Wiper Blades offer useful performance benefits in comparison with rubber ones. They are able to handle extreme temperatures, both heat and cold. The silicone blade remains malleable right down to -60°C, and can equally handle the scorching sunshine of the desert. So, they won’t go rigid or crack in even the worst UK winter, or on your mountain ski holiday. What’s more, they don’t melt or stick to your windshield, even if you leave your vehicle in scorching sunshine for a couple of weeks.
You can now even buy Silicone Flat Wiper Blades in addition to the traditional metal framed ones. And the extra good news is that the best ones not only have a guarantee, but they cost around the same as a set of quality rubber windshield wipers from one of the global brands.