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What Is the Difference Between Rekeying & Replacing a Lock? January 15, 2019

Elyria, Lorain
What Is the Difference Between Rekeying & Replacing a Lock?, Elyria, Ohio

For the most part, updating the locks on your home is a very straightforward process. The main concern your locksmith will have is whether you want to rekey or replace the locks. If you are unsure of the differences between the two, use the guide below to figure out which option is best for your property. 


Changing a lock refers to completely replacing the old hardware with new equipment. This is typically the costlier option but is the better choice when updating your home’s security or if the locks are worn and damaged. It’s also a valid option if you are updating the look of your home and want to update the color of your locks to make them uniform.


locksmithMany homeowners are not aware they have another option besides completely replacing the locks. In some instances, it is perfectly fine to rekey them instead. This process involves changing the pattern of tumblers and pins inside the lock so it requires a different key to open. If you don’t have the current key that goes to the lock, the locksmith will be required to pick it, so expect to pay more than normal.  

There are many situations that could warrant having a locksmith rekey your home. If you recently moved in and aren’t sure how many copies of the current keys exist, rekeying can offer more security. Similarly, it’s also a good option if you lost your keys or had a roommate move out who never returned their set. Rekeying can also be performed so that the same key can be used on all the locks on your home; however, if the locks are from different manufacturers, it might be necessary to change them to complete this goal. 


Don’t wonder if the locks on your home offer adequate security. Instead, contact the trusted experts at Elyria Locksmith Service with your rekeying or replacement needs and sleep easy at night knowing your property is protected. For over 38 years, owner Ed Smith has provided direct customer service for homeowners, businesses, and car owners in the Lorain County, OH, region. Call them today at (440) 366-5625 to schedule a free consultation or for emergency lockout assistance. You can also visit their website to learn more about their services and name-brand equipment. 

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