Residential Door Security: Choosing Rekeying or Replacement

The security of any residential building depends significantly on the types of locks installed to safeguard the entryways. Most burglars and robbers will gain access into the interior space by picking the locks or using mechanical force to weaken and break the locking elements. Therefore, it is critical to select strong locks that will resist this type of infiltration. In addition, you should review and update the doorway locks to ensure that there are performing to the desired capacity. This practice can be performed by either rekeying or replacing the locking mechanisms installed. It is vital to understand the difference between these two processes so that you can identify the right choice for your residential security plan.


The process of rekeying a lock involves changing the internal configuration of the locking product in order to allow operation by a different key. This type of modification will limit access using the original key, and the service is usually provided by most residential locksmiths. Essentially, you will a have a virtually new lock for your home without paying the high cost of purchase. The process can be carried out on most types of locks by adjusting the wafer or tumbler design in the product. However, there might be limitations depending on the exact brand, so it is prudent to discuss the specifications of your door lock with the locksmith prior to engaging them officially.


As implied, lock replacement involves removal of the old lock and installation of a new alternative. This process is more complicated and considerably more expensive compared to rekeying. The skill level required for this work will depend on the difference between your original lock and the desired one. In simple terms, if the section in which the current lock is damaged or has a different setup shape than the new one, you will need to alter the actual door and framing structure. This will lead to higher costs and longer project time, so consider this aspect before purchasing a new lock.

The Right Choice

The rekeying and replacement processes are both ideal for restoring or improving security in your home. However, the right choice will depend on current concerns and your end-goal. Rekeying is appropriate if your lock is in good condition, but there are too many people with a copy of the keys. You can also rekey all your entryways to use a single key for convenience. If your lock is old or experienced an attempted infiltration and sustained damage, you should choose replacement for better, long-term performance. 

For more information, contact Nelson Locksmiths or a similar company.