When re-keying a lock, the locksmith removes the springs, bottom pins, and top pins in the lock cylinder and replaces them with new pins and springs that work with a brand new and different key. If the lock is malfunctioning or a totally different style is warrantied, many locks can be re-keyed and kept in great working condition. If you have to jiggle your key to get the lock to work, a simple re-key will fix the problem.
The top common reasons to rekey your locks is to maintain key control when there’s a change in possession of a property. Key control means auditing for all keys made to open the locks. It provides for added security and protection of your belongings. When keys are given out, key control is lost. Certainly, with a previously owned home, you don’t know who might have had access to the keys. In newly built homes, contractors have had access to the keys.
In many housing communities, locks are on a construction master key. The homeowner in most cases may never know that the contractors have a key that will open all doors in that housing community. Re-keying removes the master pins which will eliminate the possibility of another key opening your locks.
Re-keying allows a locksmith to check out the condition of the lock and how it was installed. Usually, problems can be amended without replacing the lock. Locks are lubricated after being re-keyed, which will make the lock mechanism operate much more smoothly. When worst comes to worst, problems may be discovered that may indicate you replacing the lock.
During certain circumstances, your locks must be replaced. Locks get wear and tear, oftentimes past the point where a re-key can’t fix their function. It’s always a great idea to upgrade your locks for safety and security reasons. When you consider the people and property your locks are protecting, it only makes sense to buy and install quality lock hardware. Consult with a professional at The Lock Pro to learn about what lock system you need and get it professionally installed.
Some may want to replace their locks for decorative reasons or to accommodate disabilities to be ADA compliant. For example, lever handle locks are easier to operate than a knob. Deadbolts are your main source for security if installed by a trained professional locksmith. Electronic locks are getting more popular, but keep in mind that what they offer is greater convenience, not security. Replacing your lock with a high-security lock is a small price to pay to keep your personal property and your family safe.
Consult with a local locksmith from The Lock Pro to determine what you need. Re-keying is the more affordable option but may not always be the BEST option. If you’re leaning towards replacing your locks, your locksmith will have access to higher quality lock hardware than what is commonly found at hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowes. We offer 24-hour key replacement and can always provide our expert opinion. Call today for a free quote!