Replace Vs Rekeying
Posted on 14th, Aug 2014
After an employee termination, evicting a tenant, taking over a new property, etc.. there is one thing on each property owners mind, and that is to have the locks changed on the property to ensure their safety and security. Upgrading a security system is possible with rekeying locks, which is an alternative to having the locks replaced on the property. Lock rekeying and replacements are performed by professional locksmiths and a security service that is generally affordable. There are different factors to consider before making your decision on replacing or rekeying locks.
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Replacing Lock Vs. Rekeying
First, there is a difference between rekeying and replacing locks. Rekeying simply involves the transformation of the inside of the lock, which is performed by a professional locksmith who will change the tumblers in the lock, so the former key no longer fits the lock. When your locksmith rekeys your locks, he will make new keys for the locks, and reset the lock mechanism to work with the keys he makes instead of the old keys.
The pins within the tumbler in the lock are rearranged and a new key fitted to the lock. When the old key is used in the lock, it will no longer unlock the lock. Rekeying is least expensive of the two options because the locksmith does not have the need to replace the locks and the process take less time to carry out.
When Is Rekeying Recommended?
Rekeying is recommended on large size projects, such as a home which all the locks must be changed, or an office building. Landlords responsible for a number of units often choose to rekey locks over lock changing as it is an affordable and simple solution. When a business owner or superintendent of a building wants a master key for all the locks on the premises, rekeying is also an option and one that is more affordable than having the entire system changed. The pins in all the locks can be arranged in a manner in which they can be opened using a master key, which eliminates the need for a key chain filled with different keys to fit each lock.
Rekeying is not always the best option, however. There are instances when replacing the locks is the best decision. In a case where the locks are broken, have worn down or are damaged, rekeying would be useless. Opting for lock replacements with high quality locks is a definite upgrade. Your locksmith will provide new keys along with your new lock hardware. When replacing more than one lock on a property, you do have the option to have your locksmith key the locks so the locks all work with the same key. That way you only have to deal with one key for all.
Of the two, rekeying is the affordable solution; however, it cannot be performed on locks that are broken, worn down or damaged.
Rekeying of Master Keys in Commercial Institutions
Master keys are typical for huge commercial buildings like apartments, warehouses, factories, leisure hotels, hospitals, shopping centres, and educational institutions. They are utilised often by these because it’s a convenient override to custodians in case of emergencies and scenarios in need of overriding call. However, even with the convenience such key type brings, there’s still a heavy toll that comes with it.
In a worst-case scenario, if a master key gets misplaced or lost, replacing it can be a considerable expense. Moreover, it holds dozens or even thousands of locks. The complete access it grants significantly threatens the overall security system.
This hypothetical breach needs an immediate solution. To adequately address such problem, you must call a master key locksmith. Our qualified locksmiths suggest rekeying as the best option because any master key problem requires a massive and comprehensive rekeying project. Opting for this will automatically cutdown of costs.
Replacement Alternatives to Resolve Master Key Dilemma
Please note that if some locks are in bad condition, they might need replacement. Large keying projects, offer an opportunity for you to have spontaneous security maintenance. Our group of locksmiths are sure to give recommendations should they find anomalies with the status of the locks.
Labour cost is among the factors to consider with these types of projects. Fortunately, ours are very reasonable. In addition, there will be no hidden charges to worry about.
Rest assured that despite our affordable rates, the quality of locksmithing we offer is not substandard. As such, mediocre service is nearly impossible with our locksmiths’ updated licenses and regular training. So tap us anytime, and we’ll respond promptly.
Frequently Asked Questions?
Why should I rekey my house?
Numerous cases justify the need for you to rekey a house. Among these are:
- Previous homeowners might still have copies of old keys if it’s a newly bought house.
- If it’s a newly built house, there may be a possible threat of criminal activity, especially if you’re not in charge of the construction.
- If you feel it’s inconvenient to have several locks for multiple rooms, rekeying to produce one master key can also be a reason.
- If you think it’s high time to dispose of your old keys.
Can I rekey a lock all by myself?
DIY rekeying is commendable, especially if it’s an emergency and no locksmiths responded to your call. There is a rekey kit that has all you need to perform rekeying a doorknob, deadbolt, or lever.
Be that as it may, doing rekeys on your own is not recommended by experts. One reason is the possibility that you’ll complicate the existing problem. Others argue that it might cause an accident that will endanger your wellbeing.
As long as you have an option to call a locksmith, be patient and go for this option. Rekeying requires specific skills, and professionals even need a license to do it.
Luckily, our locksmiths are one call away. You don’t need to suffer anxiety and learn how to DIY to resolve security issues. We respond immediately the moment you call for help.
How often should my business rekey?
The standard recommendation for rekeying commercial buildings is at least six months. Some business owners or landlords are going for this option. However, others opt for two years, especially if they have low employee turnover.
This means that if you have a business that has a rapid increase in employee turnover, you need to often rekey locks. Restaurants and apartments are among the enterprise that need regular rekeys.
The main reason for the frequency is the frequency of employees quitting after months and occupants also terminating their rental contracts.
Why do locksmiths charge labour costs other than the contract fee?
Locksmiths are highly skilled technicians. They spent years of training to acquire specific expertise. Therefore, service fees are inevitable since most contract fees only intend to list down raw materials, tools, and equipment needed to perform rekeying. Therefore, unless the contract stipulates the labour cost, it should be needless for locksmiths to ask for separate service revenue.
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For more information or affordable rekeying in Sydney or lock replacements, contact NJ Locksmith. We serve all serve all suburbs in Mascot, Inner West, Kingsford, Alexandria and Darlinghurst with affordable locksmith services. Our eastern suburbs locksmiths are licensed and bonded and have years of experience in the industry, offering top quality solutions on all types and sizes of locksmith jobs.
To obtain a free quote on rekeying or replacing your locks, simply fill out our “Get a Quote” form located on our webpage, or call us directly at the number listed below. Our service technicians are standing by to help assist you with your locksmith needs 24 hours a day.