01Sep

Should You Replace or Rekey Your Locks?

Posted by A. Schneider

In some situations, replacing your locks is the wiser and better choice, but it isn't always necessary. Your locksmithing service will be able to offer an expert opinion on the best option for you. However, below, you will find some issues to consider.

The Pros and Cons of Replacing Your Locks

Replacing your locks will cost more and take longer than rekeying. However, if your existing locks are older or if you have had a break-in, replacing your locks is imperative.

The working pieces of any lock suffers wear and tear, and exterior locks can rust. Well-worn locks are easier to pick open, and they also break more easily. Rusting locks become more difficult to open, and eventually, they can freeze up. If you are having more difficulty opening your lock with a key, or if the lock looks worn, tarnished, or rusted, contact your Toronto Locksmith service for replacements.

If you have had a burglary, the force exerted on your door to break it open undoubtedly will have damaged the internal components of the lock. Your lock is more likely to fail or break, and it may have become easier to pick. Again, have your locksmithing service replace your lock.

While replacing your locks is practically required in the above two situations, in other situations, you can choose either option.

The Pros and Cons of Rekeying Your Locks

Rekeying your locks is less expensive than replacing them, and it takes about half the time. Have a locksmithing service rekey your locks if you have moved into a new home, condo, or apartment; if you or someone else lost your keys or if they were stolen; if a roommate, a significant other, or a boarder moves out; or if a service person fails to return a key.

If you have purchased a previously owned home or condo, or if you rent, you cannot be certain that the keys that your realtor or landlord hands you are the only ones in existence. The previous owners or tenants could have made any number of copies to give to any number of people for any number of reasons. If you are renting, ask your landlord to rekey all the locks at the same time. Your landlord should have a master key that accesses all of his or her properties. Rekeying your locks will not interfere with the operation of the master key. If you purchased the property, you can have the exterior locks rekeyed immediately and then have interior locks rekeyed in order of their importance to you. If you have a roommate, a significant other, or a boarder, rekey your locks every time someone moves out.