Re-keying is a unique, convenient, and special service that saves our clients much time, money, and stress. In this blog post, the rekeying and lock repair experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will provide you with a basic guide to the basics of rekeying, and why exactly it can be so useful to home and business owners throughout Chicago.
What’s a Rekey?
Rekeying at it’s most essential core is the process of changing a lock so a different key can work it. The process was first invented by Solomon Andrews of the State of New Jersey in 1836 - and involves the modification of the tumbler configuration of a lock that allows a brand new key to work with it, while rendering the older key non-working. Tumbler configurations are made up of a steady line of pins that only allow for a lock to open when the correct key is inserted, and the slots align properly.
Reasons to Rekey
- If you lose your keys you should get your locks rekeyed. It puts your home security at risk, and someone can potentially find your keys and enter your home when you're not there.
- When buying or renting a new apartment it's a safe practice to rekey your locks just in case the previous occupant of the space still retains ownership of the keys. You don't want a stranger rifling through your things. If you have your home for a long amount of time, you're risking lot's of people having access to your personal property.
- If you have antique locks you should rekey them as they often have malfunctions, and increase the risk of home break-ins.
Benefits of Rekeying
Rekeying offers fantastic advantages over full lock replacements. First of all, rekeying doesn’t require the time and cost intensive process of fully replacing an entire lock piece - it only changes the interior pins within the lock, so a brand new key can operate it. This is a much cheaper and simler option than a full lock replacement, and it’s also a fantastic safety and security strategy for homeowners, business owners, and even realtors who want a sense of security in knowing that no previous tenants of their property (or anyone who has a previous key) can access their property, and potentially steal from them.