lock-repaireOur Red Deer locksmith company often gets calls from customers who are looking to “change” their locks. It is important to first determine whether customer simply wants to rekey their locks, or wants to replace them. Many customers don’t even know about this option or which one is best for them.

Rekeying locks

When rekeying a lock, a technician will remove the pins and springs in the lock cylinder and will replace them with new ones that require a new and different key to access them. Unless a lock is damaged or the homeowner is desiring a different style, many locks can be easily re-keyed.

One of the most common reasons to rekey the locks is to change the key control after shifting to a new property. It is obvious that with a home that has been previously owned, you don’t know how many people have had access to the keys.

Rekeying also lets a Red Deer locksmith examine the lock’s condition and installation quality. Many problems can be resolved without the need for lock replacement. While rekeying the locks, locksmiths often lubricate them which makes them operate in a much smoother manner.

Replacing Locks

Under few circumstances, locks must be replaced. Locks do wither over time, sometimes to such an extent that even rekeying cannot restore their function. It’s never a bad idea to upgrade your existing locks. When considering the protection of your loved ones and your property, it makes perfect sense to purchase high quality locking hardware.

Some homeowners may be also looking to replace their locks for aesthetic purposes or to accommodate disabilities. Lever handle locks are both aesthetically appealing and are easier to operate. Similarly, deadbolts have an interior thumb turn that promotes smooth operation. Electronic locks are also gaining popularity, but it is important to remember that they do not offer a good security, only good convenience.

Consulting with a professional Red Deer locksmith is the best way to determine what you really need. Rekeying is of course a more cost-effective option. If you are looking or choosing to replace your locks, your locksmith in Red Deer will have access to a much higher quality hardware than what is commonly available at local hardware stores.

If you have any questions about having your residential or commercial locks changed or rekeyed, contact Red Deer 24/7 Locksmith today.