Hi everyone, here is some general information that will help you decide what will be better for your needs. If you want to get some more information about what is re-key and how it's been done, click here!
Re-key - pros
Cheaper! - Re-keying a lock it's much cheaper then getting new hardware.
if your locks are " smart key system by Kwikset" - you can re-key them yourself!.
you won't need to be worried about painting the door - when installing a new lock sometimes the new hardware is in different dimensions then the old lock.
Keeping the same look on the door (if you live in a condo, condo association have some rules about it and for historical houses and building that needs to keep there natural look).
Re-key - Cons
if your locks are old or not functioning well - Re-keying the lock won't resolve the problem.
some locksmith company don't give warranty on re-key cylinders.
you can only re-key a cylinder if you have the key that activate the lock (in some cases you can "shim" or pick the lock and then re-key it ).
if your lock hardware is old - probably you will prefer spending some extra money to get a newer style lock.
New locks - pros
nice and shiny :-)
getting a newer lock technology - today there is high security locks that are restricted key system, pick & drill resistance.
new lock will resolve all the problems that your old lock had - if you're having trouble making your locks to operate well, it's time to gets new one (*before replacing any lock we recommend calling a locksmith to inspect the locks)
New locks - Cons
A bit more expensive than Re-keying.
Our recommendation is to change the hardware just because new locks will serve you for the next 10-15 years* and must costumers prefer to have that peace-of-mind.
*Note: there is different locks manufacturer and different qualities - some locks will last you longer then others
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