Should I Rekey or Replace My Lock?

“Is it cheaper to rekey or to replace a lock?” We get this question several times a day, here’s our take!

  • Rekeying a lock involves changing the lock’s internal pins and tumblers so that it can only be opened with a new key. This can be a good option if you want to keep the same lock but prevent someone who has a copy of the old key from gaining access. This is a must-do if you’re moving into a new home. Rekeying is typically less expensive than replacing a lock, and it can be done relatively quickly by any one of our qualified locksmiths.
  • Replacing a lock involves removing the entire lock system and installing a new one. This is typically necessary if the lock is damaged or outdated and needs to be upgraded for security reasons. If you’re concerned about the overall security of your home or business, replacing the lock may be the better choice, especially if the existing lock is old, damaged, out of style, or easily bypassed.
In general, if you’re happy with the current lock and just want to change the key, rekeying is probably the way to go. If you’re concerned about the security of the lock or want to upgrade to a more stylish and secure option, replacing the lock may be the better choice. It’s always a good idea to consult with a trusted locksmith to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.