If you’re struggling to get your head around the concept of rekeying locks (and when you should do it), then you’re not alone. It can be a tricky subject. But once you understand it, you’ll soon see the profound benefits that it offers and how simple it is. A professional rekey locks locksmith service is both affordable and an excellent way to achieve peace of mind.
Replacing traditional locks and getting new keys cut is expensive. You have to hire somebody to remove the old locking units and replace them with new ones, paying for both labor and materials which can cost a lot of money.
Rekey lock services are different. Instead of replacing the lock entirely, rekeying changes the placement of the internal pins. By doing this, you can void all the existing keys that can unlock a particular door, without having to go to the hassle of replacing the entire mechanism. All you need to do is have new keys cut that fit the lock, and you’re done. It’s that simple.
Okay, so that’s how rekeying works. But why would you want to do it?
There are three main reasons why people usually have locks on their home or business replaced.
In all of these situations, there’s a chance that somebody could have keys cut for your property and wait until the opportune time to break in, putting you and your belongings at risk.
But there are other reasons to rekey more regularly than this. First, many people decide to rekey locks while going through a separation or divorce. Rekeying prevents an ex-partner from re-entering your home without your permission.
Second, people also rekey after using home-based services, like cleaners, nannies, or carers. Many of these professionals take temporary ownership of keys so that they can access your property while you’re not there. However, who is to say that they haven’t had new keys cut? Once you’re finished with their services, it’s worth having your locks rekeyed, even if you get the keys back.
Third, people often have new keys cut when an old housemate moves out. You don’t want them turning up in the middle of the night.
The good news is that you don’t need to rekey locks yourself: that’s something that a professional locksmith can do for you. Professional locksmiths carefully adjust the locking barrel for all your locks, making obsolete any keys for those locks that exist.
At Access Locksmith, we recommend against the DIY route. Locks on modern doors tend to be much more sophisticated than their predecessors. Professionals have the tools and expertise to know how to rekey a lock and make sure that you get compatible new keys cut.
If you want to discuss the locks in your home or business, please get in touch with Access Locksmiths today to find out more about our rekeying services.