Posted on: 13 February 2018
If you have lost your key, you may be considering asking a locksmith to change the locks on your home. However, you may not be aware of the fact that you have another option for replacing the locks. This option is rekeying. During rekeying, rather than replacing the entire door lock, the locksmith will adjust the pins inside the existing lock, so they match your new set of keys. Below is a guide to 3 benefits of rekeying your locks.
Increased speed, reduced cost
Rekeying a lock takes less time than replacing a lock. When replacing a lock, the locksmith will need to completely remove the locking mechanism from a door before installing a new one. Locksmiths will not rush a lock replacement as doing so could damage the fabric of the door or compromise the security offered by the lock. Because rekeying a lock which is already installed requires much less time and no new parts, it will not cost as much as lock replacement.
Preservation of your current locks and door handles
Often, when a locksmith replaces a lock, they will also have to install a new door handle. It is often difficult to find replacement door handles which are an exact match for the old set. If you have put a lot of effort into the interior design of your home, changing the door handles for a set which is a different colour or design and really upset the aesthetic appeal of a space. Thankfully, if you opt to have the locks rekeyed, you will not need to worry about this problem as you can keep the original locks and handles in place.
Reduced need for additional work
If you opt to have the locks replaced, it is likely that the locksmith will need to carry out some work on the door so they can remove the old lock and install a new one. Because locks come in different shapes and sizes, you may find that once the new lock is installed, there are unsightly holes or marks on the surface of the door where the old lock and handle used to be. These holes will need to be filled in using wood filler and then painted over. Typically, a locksmith will not perform this work which means you will need to carry out a DIY repair or to call in another tradesman. Either way, it will mean you need to spend more time and money on your door. Rekeying the locks will reduce the need for any additional work.
If you would like to find out more, contact your local locksmith today.Share