What’s the Difference Between Conventional and Beam Wiper Blades?

If you’ve ever shopped for wiper blades, you may see the terms conventional and beam wiper blades. While both serve to be reliable at clearing your windshield, they are different styles of wiper blades. Read on to learn the differences between the two blade types.


  • Conventional blades are straight, and beam blades are curved – The extra curvature enhances the blade’s ability to hug and reach more areas of the windshield. When you change from conventional to beam wiper blades, you can expect to see the difference in the passenger side more than anything. 
  • Beam wiper blades have higher resistance to wind than conventional blades –  High winds create drag and can often lift conventional blades away from the windshield during your drive. Whereas, beam blades turn the wind resistance to pressure instead.
  • Conventional wiper blades and beam wiper blades are made with different materials – conventional wiper blades have a replaceable rubber blade that snaps into place on the metal frame. The beam blades are made with higher quality rubber and steel, which preserves their longevity.

Whether you decide on conventional or beam wiper blades, experts recommend replacing them every 6 months to 1 year for optimal performance. You may also experience the following warning signs when your wiper blades have gone bad:

  • Skipping
  • Streaking
  • Squeaking/squealing noises
  • Frayed or worn rubber

If you need assistance with replacing your wiper blades or other maintenance items, there’s no better option than to take them to Strande’s Garage. Please feel free to give us a call or use our online appointment form today.