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Things You Should Know Before Changing the Door Locks

Changing the locks on your entry door can improve your home’s security and privacy. However, there are certain things you need to understand before doing this. In today’s article, Renewal by Andersen® of Memphis, the top choice for window and door replacement services in our area, explains the things you need to know before changing the locks on your entry door.

Things You Should Know Before Changing the Door Locks

Rekeying Vs. Replacing the Locks

You can change the locks on your entry door by either replacing the locks or rekeying them. Both methods make it so that the old keys will no longer open the lock on your door. Replacing the door locks is more comprehensive and more expensive. It involves removing the existing lock on the entry door and installing a brand new lock in its place. Rekeying a lock involves realigning the springs and pins inside the lock in order to match the lock to your new key.

When to Replace the Locks

As an expert in replacement windows and doors, we strongly recommend replacing the locks on your door if the locks become worn out. Rekeying won’t solve this issue because this process cannot make an old and damaged lock new again. A lock replacement will greatly improve your home’s security and privacy and make your door easier to open and close securely.

When to Rekey

If you have lost your keys then you should probably rekey the lock on your door. You don’t need to replace the entire lock unless you have lost the only key to the lock. Rekeying a lock requires the use of an original key. You can also use rekeying to change the locks on your house to fit a single key. However, this only works if all of the locks in your home are the same brand.If you need to replace your windows then give Renewal by Andersen of Memphis a call. Our products are a superior alternative to vinyl replacement units because of their incredible durability and energy efficiency. Our window frames are made of our innovative Fibrex® material and all of our windows come standard with our High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass. Call us at (901) 979-4460 to learn more about our services and products or to request a free in-home consultation. You can also contact us here.


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