Many people do not know that there are actually several different options available when, for one reason or another, you need your locks changed. This can happen because a key is lost or stolen during a burglary, you’ve recently divorced, you’ve moved, lock damage, or for any number of reasons. In this case, most people think that you have to purchase new locks with new keys in order to change the key to your home or other property, but this is not actually the case. Modern locks can be reconfigured by a professional locksmith to take a different key, also known as rekeying. This is possible because modern locks contain adjustable tumblers, and the lock can be opened with specialized tools in order to reset and change the configuration of these tumblers so that they will accept only a new key and no longer accept the previous key.
Since this service simply adjusts the tumblers in an already existing and installed lock apparatus, the cost of rekeying can be significantly cheaper than purchasing and installing entirely new locks. This provides a significant savings for your household budget, and also allows for the preservation of antique locks or locks that are difficult to find. This means that older houses and specially architecturally designed houses can maintain their unique character even if they need to have their locks changed.
In addition to these benefits, having a lock rekeyed can be a significantly faster process than having a new lock installed. It can be really quite fast to have this process done, as a locksmith only needs to open up the lock apparatus and adjust the combination of the tumblers or wafers inside the lock. If a new lock is being installed, significant time must be spent on the installation of the lock into the door, and if specialty locks are desired, shipment can take some time.
For more information about your specific rekeying or locksmith requests, we encourage you to give us a call.