Rekey or replace locks?

That’s the question; should you rekey or fully replace the lock? What’s really the difference? Is one more expensive than the other? What are the advantages or disadvantages of either? Keep reading as Avondale Locksmith Stars will “spell out” the differences and make it all crystal clear for you. Soon you’ll be able to confidently tell which service you want or need. This will allow you to save money and enjoy additional peace of mind, as well.

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Rekey service

You’ve often heard the term “change the locks” and you kind of knew what that meant. It means making it so that the old keys no longer work on the lock. That’s actually true. In a rekey job, the original lock stays put. It stays in place and only the insides of it are altered. This makes the “old” keys useless. When a fresh start is needed, rekey service is great to have! Think back to when you leased or bought your home. You were handed a key at closing. Who gave you that key and where did they get it? Who else had access (or a copy) of that key?

In actuality, many people did! Not only the builder, but a bevy of other people did. Included in this list are plumbers, realtors, property managers, dry wall installers, electricians, painters, landscapers, roofers, HVAC techs, alarm installers and dozens more. You yourself have keys and so do your family members, roommates, guests and possibly neighbors, close friends, babysitters, dog walker, gardener and many others!  Rekeys allow a fresh start to key control. The locks stay the same; the keys are all brand new and all old ones no longer work!

Lock replacement

If rekeying is so good, why replace your locks at all? Actually, there are very good reasons to do exactly that. If your locks are aged or worn, rekeying is NOT recommended. Also, if your locks are damaged or need updating then rekeys are not in your best interest. Let’s say you come home from vacation and discover that your home or car has been broken into. After getting over the initial shock you discover that your locks were damaged in the process. You’ll need them replaced, of course. In fact, if you are going to get any sleep at all tonight, or go to work tomorrow, you’ll need them replaced immediately!

Let’s say for example that your locks are just fine and NOT damaged. Why would you want to replace them? For security reasons and added peace of mind you might consider upgrading your locks. Most Avondale, AZ full service locksmith shops offer higher grade locks that offer protection against lock bumping, lock picking and other illegal and dangerous practices that lead to unwanted intruders entering your property. Bump proof locks and high security locks virtually eliminate intruders and if you shop carefully you can get them purchased and installed at affordable rates and with full warranty coverage.

What is lock bumping?

Lock bumping happens not only here in Avondale, AZ but all over the world. It is a little known method that uses a lock bumping tool that is easy to make or purchase online. The tool/key is inserted in the lock and then gently tapped a few times loosening the interior pins and scrambling them so that the lock is opened in mere second!

It is estimated that 90% of builder installed door locks can be bumped open and that is now spreading to auto locks and commercial locks, as well! Not only does lock bumping make getting into your property easy, it leaves NO sign of forced entry! This makes filing an insurance claim or police report very difficult as there is no evidence to back you up. You’d think that selling this tool or the instructions on how to lock bump would be illegal but just the opposite is true. There are lock bumping “how to” videos all over the internet and the lock bumping key/tool can be bought on auction sites like EBay and on Craigslist worldwide.

High security locks

Better lock brands like Baldwin and Medeco make locks that are deemed high security. Unlike more mainstream locks that are hollow and made of tin, high security locks are made of solid brass and covered with a steel plate. They also have hardened steel pins embedded in the lock’s face to protect it against lock drilling. These specialized locks simply cannot be picked open, pried open or even shot open! While you may not NEED them, you can sleep better at night knowing that absolutely no one is going to get past these locks! Best of all, the prices for these locks are reasonable and affordable so be sure to check with Avondale Locksmith Stars or your favorite full service lock and key shop for free price quotes and for additional information.

Master pin dangers

Most all new home developments over the past couple of decades have used door locks that were mastered at one time. The locks were ordered in bulk and all could be opened with one key – the master key. This makes the construction process more streamlined as the work crews can get in and out of each home as needed to work on drywall, paint, install appliances, do electrical work, plumb, add kitchens, tile bathrooms, etc. The master pins inside each lock allow this process to take place. When the home is sold, the first time the new owner’s key is used, the lock reverts to non-master status, and the key is now exclusive to its new buyer.

So what’s the problem? Those master pins are still inside the lock and every one of them reduces the security of the lock while making the probability of lock failure greater with use. Master pins still in the lock also make it easier to pick open or bump as described above. What’s the solution? You guessed it; a rekey! A rekey with a specific request for master pin removal will make your lock safe again and get you brand new keys to boot!

Choose The Right Locks

If you do not want your security to be compromised, it is important that you take your time to find the right locks for your home doors. You may be headed to the nearest hardware store or Home Depot. No matter where you decide to get your locks from, you’ll have to know what you are looking for. If you want to make life easy for yourself, you might just decide to get the same exact type of locks. The choice is really up to you. Some locks to become obsolete and are no longer made. If you find out that your locks are no longer being made, then what? You need to know what your next option is. In this article, we will help you navigate through the challenges of selecting the right locks. The right lock simply means a lock that will not be easily broken despite someone’s best efforts. There are plenty of these types of locks out there; you just need to know where to look.

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What Are You Looking For

Something got you out of your home and in the hardware store on the search for new locks. If you wan the best lock possible, just know that you will have to spend a little more than you would for a standard, run of the mill type of lock. Some locks are simply designed to keep the door shut and then there are locks that are meant to provide maximum security, to keep intruders out. These locks are designed to help secure a certain area. In the situation that we are writing about this area includes the inside of your home. When you look at he rating on a lock that you pick up at the store, you probably don’t know what these numbers represent. They are supposed to indicate the durability level of the lock, however, in recent years, it has been determined that the party that conducts the testing of the locks is somewhat inaccurate. They do not represent the true ability of the lock itself.

Price Does Matter

Don’t let anyone tell you that price doesn’t matter this is not true. In terms of your locks, you actually do get what you pay for. Smart locks seem to be all the rage these days. If you are thinking of maximizing your home security with a smart lock, you should know that they are not cheap but are well worth the investment. It is because of the technology used to design this type of lock that you will be expected to pay more, not to mention its effectiveness in actually keeping out intruders. There are still good locks out there that also offer maximum security that are not smart locks. Again, you’re still going to have to pay more for them than you would a lock that is less durable. What you are ultimately paying for are the components of the lock and how it’s made. Better locks include solid construction, sturdier materials and security pins. These determine the level of effectiveness you will receive from the lock.

Knowledge About Lock Brands

While you might be familiar with some of the names of lock brands, such as, Kwikset, Medeco and Schlage, but you may not be familiar with their track record of effectiveness. Just because you know the names of some brands more than others doesn’t make them a good choice of locks. There are some major brands that still offer bad quality locks. If you find a brand that you are not as familiar with, it is usually because it is either very expensive and these manufacturers simply do not need to build brand awareness. On the other hand, if it is inexpensive, it is probably made oversees and the craftsmanship is horrible. The durability of the lock doesn’t depend on the brand. It is based on the fit of the lock that you need.

Where Deadbolts Are Placed

Deadbolts are usually found alongside another type of lock. You will probably have a lock and a deadbolt lock on the front doorknob of your home. This will be a keyed door with a knob cylinder. Deadbolts are double sided or single sided. Most front doors have a single sided deadbolt along with a thumb turn lock. This means that the door can be opened with a key from the outside. Double-sided deadbolt locks can be very problematic because they require a key be used on both sides in order to open the door. In an  emergency situation, you may be able to locate one key but not the other. You must consider carefully whether a double-sided deadbolt is the best option for you. If you can’t figure this out, you can certainly receive the help of an Avondale, AZ locksmith, such as, Avondale Locksmith Stars to advise you on the benefits and disadvantages of this type of lock.

Get What You Need

Proper Installation

What good is having new locks installed if they are not correctly installed. If you do not have the training or the experience, it might be best to allow a trained and experienced locksmith install your lock to ensure the job is done right. If you decide to change the type of lock that you already have installed on your front door, you should make sure that the deadbolt lock can be used alongside that type of lock. Not every lock can be used with a deadbolt lock.

Don’t Compromise Quality

It is possible to get a pretty good lock that is also durable without going broke. Do your research before heading to the hardware store to find out which types of keys and brands are best. This might require you to make some comparisons in order to make a good decision. Again, consulting with a local locksmith might prove especially helpful in determining the type of lock to buy. They know what works best since this is their field of expertise. You have nothing to lose by consulting an expert.