Maybe you’re a business owner with security concerns, or a landlord whose longtime tenants have just moved out. But whatever the reason, changing your locks may not always be necessary. In some cases, you may be able to re-key your locks.
What does that mean?
Rekeying a lock means changing the internal structure of the lock, the mechanisms known as the tumblers or “key pins.” This is the section of the lock that accepts the key. A locksmith will take the lock apart and replace the tumblers.
Every series of key pins matches a specific key, so when a locksmith puts in new pins, they’ve set a new key that will work with your lock.
And while this may sound complex, it’s actually less costly than replacing the entire lock. You might find there are scenarios where re-keying is a good alternative to installing a whole new lock:
It’s hard to know whether your old tenants made copies of their keys, or what happened to those copies. By the same token, a new home has a number of people coming in and out – plumbers, contractors, sales people – all of whom could have made a copy of your key.
Things can go bad after a relationship, and your former partner might feel entitled to get back into your home without your OK. That’s why it’s a smart idea to re-key your locks after a break-up. The same goes for your old roommates. You may trust them, but can you vouch for everyone they know?
Even if you trust your kids to let themselves back into your home after school, it’s still a good idea to have your locks re-keyed every now and again. Kids lose things, and keys are no exception.
When should I replace my locks?
Not every situation calls for re-keying. If your locks are damaged – either through an accident or a break-in – you’ll need to have them replaced. And if you have a building with older locks, it might be difficult to find the necessary parts for rekeying.
Whether you need re-keying services or want to install a new lock, the locksmiths in PA at Holicong Security can help. We offer quick, professional re-keying for homes and businesses. We can also provide master key systems for property owners who’d rather deal with fewer keys for their locks.
Contact us today and we’ll make sure your building is secure, whether you’re re-keying your locks or replacing them.