What's the difference between a re-key and a replacement?
How do I know which method to choose?
There are different advantages to re-keying or replacing your lock, and it really depends on your current security needs. Those with greater security needs should re-evaluate their security at least once a year to determine if all locks and keys still work. Some of the advantages to re-keying include:
Less cost because the locksmith uses existing equipment
Reduced maintenance required during the re-keying process
Less time involved because the same locks are re-keyed
Advantages to replacing your locks include:
Better security particularly for businesses
Replacement of old locks that lack the proper parts
A more secure solution to broken or damaged locks
If you've experienced a break-in, then you may want to change your locks entirely because the lock assembly has been damaged by the force of the break. Re-keying is designed to be a cheaper and less time-consuming solution to keeping out unwanted visitors, and it has its place. For example, companies that terminate employees may re-key their locks to ensure protection from disgruntled workers.
What are my options for re-keying or replacing my locks?
You have two options for changing your key system: You can replace or re-key the lock yourself, or you can hire a professional. While many videos exist online to teach people how to replace their locks, the process can be overwhelming for beginners. Professional locksmiths have experience and can complete the task quickly, and the cost may be worth the effort it saves. If you choose to hire a professional, then look up their credentials and ratings online before committing to the job.