Perhaps you haven’t changed your locks in a while, or you’ve just moved into a new home. Whatever your reasons for wanting to replace or upgrade your locks, don’t go ahead with a new lock installation right away.
Because you don’t change your locks that often, it’s important to work through a few considerations first. This will ensure your new locks meet your current requirements and budget perfectly.
Let’s cover those now.
4 Questions to Ask Before a New Lock Installation
1. Should You Replace the Lock or Is Rekeying Enough?
If lock aesthetics are not a big deal for you and the lock is not physically damaged, rekeying might be better than replacing the lock entirely. Rekeying is also ideal for those who have tighter budgets. To rekey a lock, we would remove the existing pins and springs in the cylinder and replace them with pins and springs that work with a new key. This way, the old lock remains in place, but your existing key will no longer work with it. Many homeowners also consider rekeying when a key goes missing or after a break-in.
2. Have You Recently Renovated or Redecorated?
Before you go ahead and schedule a new lock installation, consider the style of your home. If aesthetics is important to you, installing a new lock that doesn’t fit in with the style of your home could end up bugging you over the long term. However, if both aesthetics and security are equally important, you can choose different locks for your internal and external doors. Keep in mind that if you do decide to change the style of one lock, you may need to do the same for other doors too. Consulting with a professional locksmith can help you decide on the best lock options based on the style of your home as well as your preferences.
3. Do You Prefer Traditional or Modern Locks?
While certain traditional locks are still effective, modern locks are gradually becoming the preferred choice, not just in terms of looks but functionality and security too. Traditional locks can be durable, but they don’t offer the high level of security that many modern locks do. For example, many modern locks will send a notification to your security company should there be an intrusion. Overall, modern locks are more tech-savvy, which means they often cost a little more – something to keep in mind when shopping around.
4. Would You Benefit from Going Keyless?
Before you go ahead with installing a typical lock, it’s highly recommended that you look into the option of going keyless. Keyless systems have become a popular choice for both home and business owners because of the enhanced security and convenience it offers. No more worrying about lock picking or losing your keys. The panel will only grant access to those with a registered fingerprint or the right access code. If you’ve never considered this option before, speak to Quickly Locksmith about your options before going ahead with a new lock installation.
Once you’ve answered these questions, it’s safe to say you are well on your way to choosing the best locks for your home. Just make sure you’re only working with a reputable locksmith such as Quickly Locksmith when arranging the installation.