Re-keying vs. changing locks

Wondering if it is better to re-key or to change locks? This blog post may help you decide. Let’s first understand what each of these terms mean.

Lock change: As the name suggests, when you opt for a lock change, the lock is replaced in its entirety and will, of course, need a new key for access.

Re-keying: When you opt for rekeying, your lock remains the same, except for a few key pins inside it, which will be changed. As a result of this, the lock will need a new key and no longer open with the old key. Lock rekeying basically offers the same end result at a lower cost, since replacing the whole lock is definitely more expensive than changing a few key pins in an existing one.

Now let’s look at some scenarios where rekeying makes sense:

  • You have moved into a new place
  • Your roommate or partner has moved out permanently
  • You or another resident of your home has lost their key
  • You had given keys to a 3rd party like a contractor for a home improvement project that’s now complete
In all the above situations, rekeying is a good solution as it prevents access to people who don’t have any business being in your home.

So, when to opt for lock replacement? Lock replacement is expensive and time-consuming and ideally needed only if your existing locks are so damaged that they cannot be rekeyed or if you want to specifically change the brand of your locks or switch from traditional locks to smart locks.

We are experts in both--rekeying and lock-changing. Contact us today to learn more.