Rekeying vs. Replacing Your Locks
Whether you have moved into a new home, been the victim of a recent burglary or have lost your keys, it is important to take appropriate measures to prevent the risk of someone having access to your home. There are several different options a locksmith can do to help ensure your safety, including rekeying or replacing the locks. Both of these solutions vary in the way the task is approached, so it is beneficial to know the difference between the two.
Rekeying the Locks
If you opt to have the locks rekeyed, the locksmith will remove the springs and the pins inside the cylinder of the lock and replace them with new ones that will only work with a new key. Rekeying the locks can typically be a cost-effective and efficient way to “change the locks” and ensure no one who has keys to the old lock can gain entry into your home. Unless the current lock has been damaged, is malfunctioning or you simply want a new style, most locks can be rekeyed. Keep in mind that if you are moving into a new home or apartment, there may have been several tenants before you who still have a key to the current lock, so it is best to always have the locks rekeyed when moving into a new place.
Replacing the Locks
There are certain circumstances when you should have the locks replaced. For example, if the locks on your home are several years old, they may be wearing out, so rekeying may not be an option. Your locks are the primary source of protection for your home and family, so it is never a bad idea to replace old and worn locks. It is also common for some people to want to replace their locks to install a more attractive style or to accommodate family members with a disability. For example, someone with a disability may find lever handled locks to be easier to operate. There are also deadbolt locks available that can be easily opened with their thumb as opposed to older ones that require turning. Another great way to ensure protection for your family as well as provide easy access for those who are disabled is with electronic locks.
The best way to determine whether rekeying or replacing locks is the best for your situation is to contact a locksmith. Local locksmiths will also be familiar with the area and be able to recommend the best type of lock and security for your safety.
Whether you are interested in replacing or rekeying your locks or you simply need information on the best type of locks for your home, contact Area Safe & Lock Service. We’re always happy to assist you!