People need new entry door locks due to various reasons. Some wish to upgrade the security of their locks while others need to replace their damaged ones.
Here are things you need to know before replacing entry door locks.
Replacing vs. Rekeying
Lock replacement is the best way to ensure your home’s security. It involves removing the existing lock from the door and then replacing it with a new one. Meanwhile, rekeying is the most common method of changing door locks in apartment complexes. It realigns the pins and springs in the inner parts of the lock to match the lock to a new key.
Rekey Your New Home
When you move into a new place, contractors, inspectors and real estate agents will have keys to your door. It’s a good idea to rekey once you move into a different home because you know many people are in possession of your key. For those who are renting, see your lease agreement for rules about changing door locks.
Replace Damaged Locks
Over time, jamming the wrong key into a lock or repetitively locking and unlocking the door can damage its internal mechanism. Rekeying won’t fix this issue because it can’t make a damaged lock new again. For this problem, the best solution is to replace the entire lock.
Consider Having a Single Key
It’s convenient to have a single key that fits all the locks in your home. You can accomplish this by rekeying and using the same brand of locks on all doors. Rekeying techniques and key styles vary among manufacturers. You’ll need to replace your locks if your existing ones are of different brands.
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