The Difference Between Lock Replacement and Rekeying

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If a lock is damaged, it’s important to address the damage through either a lock replacement or rekeying. Failing to address this problem will compromise the security of the home or office where the lock is located. The reality of residential or commercial security is a location is only as secure as its weakest lock. Because there’s no question that a damaged or compromised lock needs to be dealt with as soon as possible, we want to provide guidance about how to determine the best course of corrective action.

The Right Time for Lock Replacement

Does your home or office have a lock that’s damaged in a way that prevents it from properly working? If so, lock replacement is probably going to be the best option to fix this problem. When lock replacement is handled by experienced professionals like Big Red Locksmiths, you can be confident that all issues stemming from the current lock will be dealt with correctly and for a fair price.

It’s also worth noting that damage isn’t always a prerequisite for lock replacement. This option can also make sense when a door lacks a truly strong lock. For example, a house in Omaha that doesn’t have a deadbolt on the front door would benefit from lock replacement regardless of the condition of the current lock.

Examples of When Lock Rekeying Makes Sense

Lock replacement is a great option when a lock is either damaged or isn’t capable of providing the level of protection that’s desired. However, there are other scenarios related to lock safety that aren’t best addressed by replacement. For example, if a lock is in good shape but there are concerns about too many people having a key to it, something needs to be done to restore the lock’s ability to provide full protection.

In this type of situation, lock rekeying is an excellent choice. Instead of requiring the removal and installation of new lock hardware, the existing lock is simply updated and paired with a new key. This update means that an Omaha home or business owner will then know exactly who has a key to that lock.

Big Red Locksmiths Can Help You Make the Best Choice: (402) 554-0499

A good rule of thumb for lock safety is if you have any reason to believe a lock may be compromised, you should make it a priority to address it as soon as possible. Even if you’re unsure of how the problem should be dealt with, Big Red Locksmith can provide service you can trust.

Thanks to all of our experience, we can help you decide whether lock replacement or rekeying is the best solution for a specific issue. Not only will we provide all the guidance and assistance you need, but we will also complete the task for you in a timely manner.

Although lock safety is something you should take very seriously, the good news is it doesn’t need to be an issue that’s stressful to address. Taking care of the issue the right way can be as simple as calling Big Red Locksmiths at (402) 554-0499.


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