New Lock vs. Rekey
What is something that every house has, no matter how big or small? Quite simply, a door and a lock. Security comes first in the home, and having a lock that is both functional as well as reliable is vital to protecting you and your valuables. However, locks do not last forever, which leads to my next question: should you get a new lock or rekey it, and when? In this article you will find the answers to all the questions you may have about lock repair and replacement as well as the pros and cons to both options.
What is a rekey?
Rekeying is a process that involves the reconfiguration of tumblers inside a lock to conform to the shape of a new key. This technique can be very useful for home security. By rekeying your lock you provide yourself with a new key or set of keys to your home that nobody else will have. Additionally, it is easy to do on many locks. You may choose to hire a locksmith or handle the matter yourself. Here is a helpful video that explains how to rekey a lock.
Do I need new lock or rekey?
Circumstances are everything when making this decision. How many locks do you have? Are they from the same company? How old are they? Are your locks damaged? What is your budget? All of these questions should be taken into consideration. If you have numerous locks in and around your house, it would make more sense to rekey them. The process of replacing locks takes quite a bit of time and can be very costly. However, it may be necessary to do so if you have locks that are damaged and no longer function as well as they should, or if they are made by different companies and use different keyways. Not all key companies use the same style, shape, or size key. On the other hand, if you own a house that is fifty years old and has the original locks, it may be difficult to find a proper replacement. In an instance like that, rekeying is the best option.
New Lock vs Rekey: Pros and Cons
-Faster/easier to do
|Cons||-More expensive||-Only functioning locks
-Limited or no warranty
When it comes to choosing between a new lock or a rekey, the biggest difference is price. Buying a new lock comes with its advantages, such as new technology. Some examples are electronic locking mechanisms or drill proof bodies. However, they come at a higher price than rekeying. In the end, it comes down to whichever option better suits the needs of your circumstances. Make sure it is the right decision because your lock is the first line of defense for you and your home.
If you are in need of locksmith services such a lock replacement or repair, contact Ambu-Lock today! Ambu-Lock is a family run emergency locksmith company serving people in the Atlanta area. Their goal is to provide fast, professional service at an affordable rate, all while being available to work 24/7. Call them today and get a free quote at (404)220-9227.