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When Should You Replace, Re-Key, Or Change Your Locks?

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As a homeowner sometimes you wonder when you should Retrofit, Change, or Re-key your locks. Here are some tips to help guide you.

When to Retrofit locks:

Retrofitting is when the guts of a lock that you want to keep is upgraded to ensure proper functionality.

  • When you like the way the trim on the inside and outside face of your door looks, but the locking mechanism is no longer working properly.

When To Change locks:

Replacing a lock requires a full replacement of the locking mechanism and any accompanying knob or handle.

  • After a break in (there may be damage to the locking mechanism).
  • Not comfortable with your current security hardware and want something more durable.
  • If your locks are old and you want new stylish locks.
  • After buying a new home.

When to Re-key locks:

Re-keying involves removing the pins and springs in the lock cylinder and replacing them with new ones that operate with a new and different key.

  • If you just moved in to a new home (cheaper than changing the locks).
  • If a tenant gets evicted or moves out (this eliminates access from any spare keys from past tenants).
  • If you lost your keys.