You can keep your home as secure as possible with quality front door locks. However, there will come a time where you’ll need to get new locks. If this is the case, you must consider different factors when choosing your new entry door hardware.
Replacing vs. Rekeying
When changing locks, you can either rekey or replace them. When replacing door locks, the existing lock is removed from the door, including the handle, before installing the new one. On the other hand, rekeying is more common in apartment complexes. It involves realigning the pins and springs inside the lock to match it to a new key.
Damaged Locks Must Be Replaced
Constant locking and unlocking or inserting the wrong key into a lock over time can compromise its internal mechanism. Keep in mind that you can’t fix a damaged lock with rekeying because the mechanism will still be inside. If you have a broken door lock, it’s best to replace it entirely. Moreover, if your doors are also worn, consider getting a new one.
Rekey if You’re Purchasing a New Home
When moving into a new house, make sure to rekey your entry door locks. You don’t know who else has access to the old keys aside from the old owners. Usually, the real estate agent or builders are responsible for rekeying entry doors. If you’re renting, review your lease agreement for rules about changing door locks. You may need to provide your landlord a copy of the key to your new lock.
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