Safety and security are the top priorities when it comes to your property and having the proper locks plays a big role in this. You want to have peace of mind knowing that the entryway into your home is secure along with your possessions inside. For these reasons, whenever your locks are in question the decision you are faced with is whether you should rekey or replace the existing ones.

In order to make the right choice, there are a few things you need to consider. If you are buying a new home or moving into a new rental property, you should replace your locks. You don’t want to take any chances and you never know how many other copies of the keys are out there. To eliminate any concerns, it’s always better to replace the lock and keys so that no one but you and your family members have access to your home. Replacing the locks will guarantee that a previous owner, renter or even a friend of theirs can no longer enter your home or property. 

Rekeying is also an option you can consider. Many people don’t realize that it is as effective in ensuring safety because once you rekey your lock, previous keys will no longer work and only the newly created keys will allow entry into the property. This could be because a lot of people are not familiar with the rekeying process which involves a locksmith opening the lock and removing the existing pins and springs inside of it. They then place new springs and pins, creating a different configuration, meaning the old keys will no longer be able to lock or unlock the door. 

Rekeying is an option that is usually available because most locks are able to have their pins and springs replaced. Since the lock itself is not being removed, rekeying is not only a quicker process but also a cheaper one while providing the same results as a complete replacement of the lock. 

Based on this information, it may seem like the obvious choice is to proceed by rekeying your locks, but there are times when it is not the best option. For example, if your current locks are old or broken, then rekeying is not a viable possibility and a replacement is a much better idea. The same is true if you want a completely different locking mechanism or style of lock or wish to upgrade to an advanced system, in which case you’ll have to proceed with a replacement. 

If you’re not certain which option is best for you, the experts at Ajax Locksmiths Inc can provide more details. Whether you have a question or are in need of an emergency locksmith, they can help. If you’re in the Pickering, Ajax or Whitby areas, give them a call today!