Most of the time, you seek help from a locksmith in changing your locks. Before doing so, it’s best to first ask your locksmith whether you need to replace your locks altogether or you simply have to rekey them. This can help you avoid spending too much on something you won’t really need.
When is replacement necessary?
Like most of the things in your home, your locks experience wear and tear. There will come a time when rekeying wouldn’t be enough to improve their function. When this happens, replacement is definitely a must.
Some homeowners, on the other hand, have their locks replaced purely for aesthetic reasons. Others replace their locks to accommodate disabilities. Today, more homeowners are opting for more convenient locks, including electronic locks, though it must be noted these don’t necessarily offer greater security.
When is rekeying necessary?
In both options, rekeying is the more affordable option. Typically, your locksmith will remove the pins and springs in the lock cylinder, then replace them with new pins and springs that work with a new key.
Maintaining key control is among the most common reasons for rekeying locks. In a nutshell, key control is accounting for all keys that are made to operate the locks. Rekeying locks also allows your locksmith to examine the condition of your locks, fixing minor problems they encounter along the way. After your locks are rekeyed, your locksmith will lubricate them and make them operate more smoothly.
When in doubt on what service you really need, ask your locksmith first. With a new or rekeyed lock, you can be assured your home is once again protected from thieves.