If you’ve moved into a new home or have replaced your keys, do you opt for rekeying locks or is it better to replace locks altogether? Many of our customers believe that replacing their locks with new ones is the only option. However, rekeying locks is often easier and more cost-effective.

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What Are The Differences Between Rekeying Locks Or Replacing Locks?

There are some key differences between these two options. To explain further, let’s have a look at the steps involved with each option.

Rekeying Locks

Rekeying a lock requires a number of different steps:

  • Your existing locks are dismantled and the tumblers or key pins in the locks are replaced with new parts.
  • A new key is cut that will operate within the rekey locks to open them.

This is actually quite a simple procedure that usually only takes a few minutes using the right tools. However, it is necessary to have a key that will open the current lock in order to make this process as easy as possible.

Therefore, if you have lost the keys to open the lock, the locksmith will have to pick the lock open and this may take additional time.

If you have current keys, we can rekey locks quickly and easily and you will only be charged for the labour.

Replacing Locks

Replacing locks is just that. Your old locks are removed completely and replaced with completely new ones. For this option, you will be charged for both the labour component of the job and the cost of the new locks.

Which Option Do You Go For?

Here are some important things to consider when choosing between rekeying locks or replacing locks.

Why You Would Choose Rekeying Locks

  • It’s a more cost-effective option.
  • You want a new set of keys and want to ensure that the old keys no longer work.
  • You have different locks all operated by different keys and you would prefer the same key to open all the locks.

Why You Would Go With Replacing Locks

  • You’ve lost the key that opens the lock. In this case, it’s more cost-effective to replace the lock.
  • You would prefer to have better locks installed for more optimum security.
  • The locks are worn, damaged or very old.

Amalgamated Locksmiths – Contact Us Today

Whether you want to have your locks rekeyed or you want to consider installing new locks, you should always engage a professional locksmith to undertake this task for you.

Take advantage of our 24/7 rekeying locks service or use our replacement lock service to keep your home safe and secure. Just give us a call and we’ll get one of our expert locksmiths to come to you.