HOUSE LOCK CHANGE
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHANGING YOUR LOCK
Changing the locks on your home is an important step in securing your property. While it shouldn't be a complicated process, the locks you choose should be carefully considered, as it will be an integral part of your home's security. The location of the property, entry point and door type should all be factored when deciding on your lock's level of security. The aesthetics of your home should also be weighed so that the new hardware seamlessly matches your door and surrounding property.
LOCK CHANGE PROCESS
The process of changing your locks is very straighforward and simple. Since our locksmiths are 100% mobile, they arrive at your home with all the necessary tools and products to complete the job during the initial visit. Upon their arrival, our technicians will perform a complementary assesment of the overall security of your home and propose several options for hardware along with a complete strategy for securing your property. You make the final decision on the products and approach, and we make it happen right then and there!
WHEN TO CHANGE LOCKS
Locks are typically replaced when either they have surpassed their lifespan or when your security needs have changed. Knowing when your locks have deteriorated beyond repair may not always be completely obvious. The signs may be subtle, such as minor noises or obscure mechancial issues. That is why you should have them periodically inspected at the first sign of decline. Changing your locks before they completely fail can save you the inconvenience and cost of a lockout. When you have outgrown the security level of your current locks, the next step is to upgrade to a higher grade system. The America National Standards Institute, also known as ANSI, is a widely accepted organization that asseses and sets standards for locks among other things. The organization has developed a grading system used to rate locks on a scale from Grade 1 to Grade 3. Grade 1 representing the highest security level and Grade 3 awarded to the lowest level of security. Its important to note, that while Grade 3 is the lowest level of security awarded within the grading system, it is still more than sufficient in certain areas of your home, such as secondary entry points.
TYPES OF LOCKS
The most common types of main entry locks on residential properties are deadbolts and locking door knobs. Most homes have a combination of the two for a decent level of security. The deadbolt lock is typically of the single cylinder variety. These deadbolts include a key hole on the exterior and a thumbturn on the interior to engage and disengage the lock. Another common deadbolt type is the Jimmy Proof Deadbolt. These locks are usually found on apartment doors and are prized for their durability, high level of security and ease of installation. Locking door knobs are usually never used solely as a main entry lock without being supplemented with a deadbolt lock. However they are routinely used as a secondary entry point lock and can be sufficient in many cases for interior doors. We provide many other less common lock types as well, such as:
- Double sided cylinder locks
- Lever handle locks
- Mortise locks
- Wall mounted locks
- Rim latch locks
- Mechanical combination locks
- Digital combination locks
- Smart locks
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LOCK?
The time that it takes to replace a lock varies, as it will depend on the type of lock, the type of door and if any necessary adjustments are necessary. Replacement locks that are not a direct fitment will typically take longer since modifications to the door or frame might be required.