Everything you need to know about changing locks

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There are many reasons you may need to change your locks. Maybe you’ve lost your keys and you’re worried a would-be burglar might pick them up. Maybe it’s a classic case of one person moving out of the flat or your house, and you’re not happy with them being able to enter it anymore.
Whatever the reason, there are a number of things you need to know about changing locks, and a few things to consider before doing it too. Below is a list of a few of those things, so you can change your locks safe in the knowledge you’re making the right choices.

  1. Rekeying vs. replacing your locks

Many people aren’t even aware that rekeying actually exists! Most people will simply opt for replacing their locks entirely. But what exactly is rekeying? Essentially what you’re doing is readjusting the internal workings of the lock so that it functions with a different key.

This is cost effective because it means you get to keep the original lock mechanism, so you won’t have to buy an entirely new one. You will, however, have to hire a professional to do it.

The downside of rekeying is there is very limited space for security upgrades.

  1. How are you going to change your locks?

There are really two ways to change your locks, either do it yourself or hire a professional. The DIY option is only recommended for home owners who know their way around a tool chest. If you don’t it’s a good idea to get in contact with a professional locksmith. It might cost a bit more, but it’s definitely cheaper than messing up the job and having to get an entirely new door!

  1. How much are you going to spend?

Different locks cost different amounts depending on the level of security they provide. A grade 1 deadbolt will be more expensive than a grade 2 or 3 for example.

  1. Are you changing interior or exterior locks?

Exterior door locks have different uses when compared to interior door locks, so it’s important to choose the right lock for the job. Interior door locks will not be suited for exterior use, and vice versa.

Exterior locks can expect to get much more usage, and also serve as the first line of defence for your home, so they’re going to be more robust and secure than interior locks.

  1. Are you going to upgrade your locks?

This is another important consideration when it comes to changing your locks. Are you going to use this opportunity to go for a security upgrade? As previously discussed, if this isn’t your intention it might just be best to get your lock rekeyed instead.

It’s always a good idea when changing your locks to go for an upgrade because lock technology moves on and becomes much more secure over time. It may cost a bit more, but it’ll give you peace of mind!

For more information of lock replacements and lock upgrades please get in touch with me today on 07769 312235.

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