You may think that the only option that you have is to have a locksmith replace a lock.
You may not know that you also have the option to “rekey” a lock instead of replacing it. You may not know what the difference is, so let’s have a look at the two different options. We can advise you on the best choice for you once we have seen the lock that needs attention.
The simple explanation for rekeying is that we will change the hardware that you currently have installed, so that old keys will no longer work and a new set will be created.
This is ideal when you buy a new home or in any situation where you are not sure how many keys have been given out for the lock over time and could still be used for access.
The benefits of rekeying include:
- Cheaper than replacement
- No repairs required to be made the door
- Multiple locks can be rekeyed for easy access with one key
There are also circumstances that require your locksmith to replace rather than rekey your locks. These are:
1. Damaged lock
If the lock has been damaged during a break in or accidentally, the only possibility is to replace it. You can sometimes tell by if a lock is damaged by looking at it. If it has separated from the door frame or parts are so worn that they no longer operate, then it’s time for a new one.
2. Old and worn out
If your locks are old then it may be impossible for your locksmith to replace the parts required to allow it to function correctly. Old and worn out locks are also easier to open, compromising your security.
3. Greater security
The last reason for installing new locks is that you want a higher level of security than your current locks provide. Speak with your Locksmith so that you can work out what would be best for your particular situation.
The Solution That Fits Your Circumstances
The decision whether to rekey or replace locks depends on the locks themselves and your individual security requirements. Britlock Locksmiths can assess your locks and advise you on the best solution for your needs.