If you want to rekey locks, you may have lost your keys or may want to ensure someone else cannot enter the residence. When it comes to installing locks, it is usually for upgrading to a higher security lock. Both of these options have their benefits and drawbacks. Here at United Locksmith, we decided to outline the differences between the two and let you know what scenarios call for each.

When to Rekey Locks

Not every situation is best solved with rekey locks. So, we have outlined the best scenarios in which rekeying locks would be best suited. The best case in which you rekey locks is when you lose your keys. Losing your keys may mean they were stolen or someone has found them and did not return them. In turn, you should have your locks rekeyed to stop anyone from entering the home without a struggle.

The process of rekeying locks is easy. The locksmith will remove the lock cylinders from your home and install new versions. The new lock cylinders will be paired with new keys, which makes the lost keys useless. Rekey locks are a standard method among leasing offices and property owners when tenets are evicted. Rekey locks help keep the tenets from entering the property again.

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These are the best options to rekey locks. There may be other scenarios in which rekeying locks may be appropriate. However, it is best to consult a locksmith for the best options possible.

When to Install New Locks

The best time to install completely new locks is to upgrade or change the type of lock you have. The locksmith will remove the entire lock mechanism from the door and replace it rather than just the cylinder. Many homeowners look to install high-security or smart locks in their home.

High-security locks provide a higher level of security for residents, which helps protect their loved ones and property. These locks also feature different amenities that add even more convenience for the resident. For example, keypads are a keyless method of entering your home. You won’t have to worry about fiddling for the keys or worry about losing them either. Instead, you can type in a passkey and enter your home with ease.

The Benefits and Drawbacks

Both solutions have their pros and cons. It would be a disservice if we did not list those details here, so here are the benefits and drawbacks of both options.

When it comes to rekeying locks, you can certainly expect it to be a cheaper yet safe solution to lost or stolen keys. Since you aren’t replacing the entire lock, you’ll spend less money than having a completely new mechanism installed. 

The drawback to rekeying locks is your lock is still susceptible to malicious techniques of entering your home. Lock bumping and picking are methods of manipulating locks used by thieves. Your lock is most likely a pin tumbler lock, which is the most common type of lock globally but is also the weakest against these methods. To protect against them, upgrading your locks is the best option.

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Upgrading or installing new locks is beneficial because it increases the safety and security of your home. Your locks will also add a layer of convenience to your life. For example, smart locks that connect via Bluetooth can be unlocked via your phone. This helps you access your home without the standard key.

Unfortunately, upgrading or installing new locks is expensive. Smart locks can be much more expensive than the standard pin tumbler lock. Granted, there are tiers of smart locks and high-security options, but you will pay more regardless.

Contact United For Rekey Locks and Installation

If you want to rekey locks or install new ones, then give United Locksmith a call. Our team can help you determine the right solution for your situation. We’ll also provide you with an affordable price for our residential locksmith services. Give us a call for more details.