Rekeying is a technique where new keys are made to work with an existing lock. If you have recently moved into a brand new home, you might find that changing the current locks and getting new keys is necessary. However, in some cases, you might find that rekeying is far more affordable than getting entirely new locks installed. Let’s take a closer look at how rekeying works, and when you should consider it.
How Does Rekeying Work?
As we noted above, rekeying involves forging a new key and aligning it with an old lock. The lock is opened up, and some of the old tumblers are removed. The tumblers inside a lock will only fit a particular key, so the original lock needs to be modified to accept a different key. Although it might sound confusing, an expert locksmith will only need a few moments to make the change. However, you must be sure to give the locksmith you’re working with a copy of the current key. If you’re worried about how secure your lock is, the altered lock will be just as secure as it was before. As long as the original five tumblers are switched out for five new ones, the lock will function the same way.
When Is It Necessary?
There are only two instances where you might need to rekey a lock. You might be satisfied with your current lock, but want to update which key it works with; this is especially critical when you’ve just moved somewhere new, and you’re unsure who else can access your home or apartment. If you’ve recently lost your key or noticed someone stole it, rekeying might be in order. And if someone who used to have access should no longer be able to enter, you’ll need to rekey the lock.
The second instance is if you want to consolidate keys. One solution could be a skeleton key, but since those are rarely used for entry purposes, one regular key by itself is another option to consider.
Why Should I Change My Locks?
If you would prefer to change your locks, however, you can. Older locks will rust and stop working, so one solution is to get a shiny new lock that is not only functional but attractive too. Changing locks can also help increase your home’s security and give your family some peace of mind.
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