There are a lot of people who feel that they need to replace the locks in their home. This could be due to a number of reasons from malfunctioning locks to buying a new property. However, before you rush to the hardware store for new locks you should consider rekeying instead.
What Is Rekeying?
Rekeying is something that any qualified locksmith will be able to do for you and is often something that people do not consider. To rekey your locks, the locksmith will remove the springs and pins which make up the lock mechanism. These will be replaced with pins and springs which work with a different key that the locksmith provides to you.
Who Should Use Rekeying?
Rekeying is an ideal and cost-effective option for anyone needing to change their locks. A rekeyed lock will work as well or better than a new lock and will generally cost less. The only times you will need to completely replace the lock is if it is broken or the lock malfunctions.
If you have bought a new property then you should consider having the locks rekeyed. This is due to the lack of key control that comes with a new property. You have no idea who the previous owners have given a key to and you want to secure your property against these people. Rekeying your home is easy and will provide you with the only keys that work for the property.
Single-builder communities should also consider having their locks rekeyed. This is due to the fact that the locks could be construction master keyed. While the use of the homeowner key can prevent the lock from being opened by the contractor’s key, there could be master pins in the lock. Each of the master pins in the lock will double the number of keys that could potentially open the lock. Having the lock rekeyed will remove these master pins and eliminate the chance of other keys opening the lock.
Lock Maintenance While Rekeying
While there are many benefits to rekeying your locks, one that should not be ignored is the lock maintenance that is done at the same time. When the locksmith removes the pins from the lock, they will be able to see the condition of the lock and how it was installed. If there are any problems with the internal structure of the lock it will be determined at this point.
If there are any problems, the locksmith will be able to determine what needs to be done to fix them. In some cases, the locksmith will be able to fix the issues with the lock. However, if this is not possible then the locksmith will recommend replacing the locks because they will malfunction in the future.
Always Use A Locksmith
It is important to note that there are a number of locks on the market which state that they can be rekeyed by the customer and do not require a locksmith. These should be avoided because they generally have additional parts which could lead to a malfunction. A locksmith is recommended for any rekeying that you consider doing.