Locksmith services are often in high demand for replacing and re-keying homes, businesses, and vehicles. Knowing which method of changing your locks is the best option for your situation could help you keep your family remain safer while also helping keep some extra money in your pockets. Consider the following information the next time you need to change your locks.
When Is Rekeying Ideal?
When your local locksmith rekeys a lock, they remove the springs and pins from the lock cylinder and replace them with springs and pins that make the lock function using a completely different key. This is ideal for cases where you like the style of an old lock but want to increase your home’s or office’s security level and ensure that you are the only one with access. Changing the springs and pins means all old keys will, essentially, be voided.
The most popular reason for people to choose to rekey their locks is to prevent others from gaining access to their properties. One of the clearest and most commonly experienced examples is when property changes ownership. Real estate is sold using lockboxes that contain a key to the property. Anyone with access to these lockboxes can make a copy of the key and keep it for their own unauthorized use. Contractors may also have their own copies of your keys during the initial building or during home renovation projects. There’s also no way to know whether the previous residents handed out copies of their keys to family or friends and never got them back. Rekeying the locks gives you back the safety of key control and prevents others from using your property without permission.
Choosing to Replace Locks
Although rekeying locks is often less expensive, there are situations where you should call on locksmith services for a full lock replacement instead of rekeying. For example, a common reason to replace the locks is that old, malfunctioning locks will not be able to be rekeyed. If you do not like the aesthetics of your old locks, or want to change the feel and style of a door and room, replacing the locks with a style that matches your design will help bring the room together. Additionally, some locks may need to be replaced to allow access for those with disabilities or physical limitations — maybe exchanging round knobs for long, easier to press handles.
Whether you choose to rekey or to replace your locks, it is vital that you do not put off changing your locks when it is time. This will keep you and your family from losing your property or being placed in harm’s way. Connect with Job Done Locksmith today to schedule our locksmith services or give us a call any time, day or night, if you need an emergency locksmith in Denver.