Moving into a new house or office, break-in, losing a key, outdated locks, multiple keys on your key ring, former employees with keys to your business place and some other issues can be the reason of lock changing. Furthermore, it’s never a bad idea to upgrade your locks. But which is better – Replacing or rekeying the locks? There are times when changing the entire lock or lock set is necessary, but more often we just need to rekey the locks.
Rekeying the locks instead of full replacement is the better option in almost all cases, as it’s less time consuming and much cheaper.
When a lock is rekeyed, the pins and springs inside the lock cylinder are re-coded so that the previous keys will no longer operate the lock. And a new key can lock and unlock a rekeyed lock. Thus, you can have the security and convenience at an affordable price.
Some reasons to rekey your locks:
- If you need to change many locks, it’s better to rekey them, because replacing multiple locks is much expensive than rekeying them;
- If you have lost your key or it has been stolen;
- If you have loaned a key to your business or house;
- If you want only one set of Master Key, not different keys for all locks;
- If you have fired a babysitter or a maid;
- If a tenant has moved from your house;
- If you have changes in your business staff or services.
If your lock isn’t working well, rekeying may not be helpful. For example, if you have antique or vintage lock set, it may be difficult to find its parts for rekeying. In addition, contemporary locks have a much better safety level than old ones.
If your lock is damaged because of a break-in or other accident, it’s better to have a new lock set. We also recommend a full replacement of a lock when you first move into a new house or a business place. So, you need to replace the entire lock when it’s damaged, it’s in a poor / weak condition or you need to have a higher level of security for your house or business.
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