If your lock is broken, or you’re looking to add a little more class to your home, a lock replacement is your best option. There can be many reasons you may need to replace your lock, such as moving into a new home, updating old locks, or adding new locks to a door that did not previously have locks installed. There are many different brands of locks and they all range in security rating. Most Kwikset locks have a security of 2-3 grade, with 3 grade being the most basic residential lock you can buy.
Schlage locks range from 1-3, depending on the type. Baldwin, and other high class locks, will always come with a 1 grade rating, the highest possible security you can find, other than Mul-T locks which use a completely different system than other standard locks. We can install any brand and rating of lock you may want on the spot!
What you should know before replacing your lock
Lock replacement service should only ever be performed by a locally owned company that is licensed, bonded and insured. This is to ensure that the locksmith you are dealing with is reputable, knowledgeable, and capable of replacing your locks without over charging you or selling your information to other companies. Oregon’s CCB requires all potential locksmiths to take a test to get certified and licensed before they are able to be servicing any residential, commercial or automotive need. We are fully licensed, bonded and insured, and all of our locksmiths are experts at all types of lock replacement services.
When to Replace Your Current Lock
There are many situations in which it would be a really good idea for you to consider lock replacement. The good thing about it is that the expenses involved in lock replacement are not too high, but more importantly, it immediately increases the security of your home, your family and you. You can call someone to do it for you, or if you are skilled, and if you know how, you can do it on your own.
Old Locks and Break-ins
In most cases, people change their locks because they are old, and rusty, and the security of the home is no longer at the highest possible level it should be. When the lock is old and rusty, burglars may break them easily. The other reason why a lock replacement is needed may be because of a recent break-in. If that has happened to you recently, lock replacement is definitely a must. You should not delay it, you should do it as soon as possible. When your lock is damaged, your home will be at risk for another robbery, especially if the burglars spot the weakness of your current lock.
Keys are Stolen or Lost
In many cases, people replace the locks if they lose their keys, or if someone has stolen them. When it comes to security, you always want to be sure that keep everything at the highest possible level, which is why you should change your locks if this has happened to you. Simply do it to be sure.
If you have a rental property, after a while, your tenants will probably change. Even though their rental period is over, and they have returned the keys to you as the owner, you cannot be sure that they did not make one or more copies of your keys. Even if you think that they are reliable and trustworthy, the best thing you can do is to simply replace the locks. That way, you will be completely certain that the place you are renting to new tenants is secure and safe. In the end, if your new tenants are faced with a break-in, in the house or apartment you rented them, your ex-tenants will not automatically be suspects, and you will be able to avoid a big mess. Always keep in mind that lock replacement is a simple, affordable and easy thing to do.