There are many reasons which would contribute to you wanting to change your locks.
As we all know, securing the entry ways to our home ensures we are safe and our possessions remain secure. When you run into any of these situations:
- Buying a new home
- Moving into a new rental property
- Gaining access to a share accommodation
Or other such scenario, you should really consider replacing the locks.
The reason for this, is there could be countless other copies of keys that can access your property. This opens the possibility that a previous owner, renter or a friend of theirs could enter your property any time they wish.
While changing the locks is a great way to stop this from happening it is often the most costly option. On the other hand, rekeying the locks results in the same outcome. That is, all previous keys will not work, only the newly created ones.
Many homeowners do not realise that rekeying their locks will be as effective as replacing their locks. And while this option is much cheaper than replacing your locks, it cannot be used in every occasion. So what is the best option for you?
First, What is Rekeying?
Rekeying is a process used by locksmiths to create a new key for your lock. The whole process involves opening the lock and removing the existing pins and springs inside the lock. They are then replaced with new springs and pins. This different configuration of the pins means that the old keys will no longer lock or unlock the door. Instead only the new key and copies of this new key will work.
The good news is that most locks can have their pins and springs replaced, so rekeying your lock is usually always an option. Also as the actual lock itself does not need to be removed and a new one installed, the process is often much quicker and cheaper than completely replacing the lock.
The benefits of the rekeying process can be taken one step further and you may choose to use a master key configuration for numerous locks. This could mean you have one key for your whole house. Also each door can be controlled by a separate key that operates only that lock. This is a great way for people who own multiple properties but want to carry only one key to access all of them.
Why Choose Reykeying?
Choosing to rekey your locks gives you the following benefits:
- Creates a new key for the lock rendering all previous keys useless
- This improves your security
- Rekeying can be done on most locks
- It is quicker and cheaper than replacing your locks and produces the same outcome
From this list it may appear that you should always choose rekeying over new lock installation. However this is not always the case. If your current lock is old or broken then rekeying it may not solve this problem. Also if you want a different locking mechanism or style of lock then removing your current locks and installing this newer version is your only option. Also you may want to upgrade to a more advanced smart lock for instance.
When you are not sure what option is best for you, you can always give Fusion Locksmiths a call to discuss your options.