Rekeying & Master Keying
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Rekeying Locks and Master Keying Makes Your Home and Business Safer
Why Rekey a Lock?
If you’ve purchased a home or commercial property, don’t make the mistake of continuing to use old locks. Past residents, tradesmen, friends, and other strangers may possess copies of the old keys and the way to prevent them from accessing your new property is to have your locks rekeyed. Rekeying simply means adjusting the tumblers in an existing lock so that only your new keys can open it. It’s a small effort with real power to protect you.
Why Do You Need Master Keying?
Master keying enables two different and distinct keys to open one lock. Master keying regulates access to specific zones while having one master key that accesses all zones. We supply master keys for all buildings such as hospitals, office buildings and residences in which there are a number of compatible locks. Grah Safe and Lock has designed more master key systems than any other company in San Diego.
Straight Talk About Rekeying and Master Keying
Our locksmiths recommend that you ask yourself these four important security questions before rekeying your locks:
- Do you know who has keys to your locks?
- How many people will you be giving keys to?
- Do you care if those you give keys to can get duplicate keys made?
- Do you need to know who opens a lock and when?
Your answers to these questions will enable our security specialists to recommend the best procedures and locks for you. Very often, rekeying is the best time to upgrade to higher security, more key control or the flexibility of electronic cylinders.
You’ll be glad to know…
- Grah Safe and Lock can rekey all lock brands
- Your existing hardware can almost always be reused
- When we rekey locks, they can generally be keyed alike so that all of the locks work with a single key. Or, they can be keyed into groups with different keys. This is called keyed-alike in groups.
Having your locks rekeyed is something you should plan to do in a wide variety of situations. When you buy a new home, move to a new office, or have a new tenant occupy a rental property, rekeying improves the safety of all concerned.
Since 1914, Grah Safe and Lock has been helping San Diego neighbors to keep their properties safest with the best security products available. Our lock rekey and master keying services provide the prompt results you need and our licensed contractors are ready to speak with you!
Your Lock Rekeying FAQs
Q. DIY? Or require us to come out?
A. Locks can be taken off the door and brought to our San Diego shop to be rekeyed. Some are simple and just require a screwdriver to remove and replace. If it is OK to have the lock off the door for a few hours, and you are fairly mechanically inclined, this may be on option. Most commercial locks require specialized knowledge and we suggest that our trained technicians come to the site to remove, rekey and replace the locks.
Q. How long does rekeying locks take?
A. The determining factor is how long it takes to remove the lock and lock cylinder from the door. Once removed, the rekeying takes only minutes.
Q. Can key systems be added onto later?
A. Yes, if the key system was designed to be expanded and there remains room in the system, additional changes can be added at a later date.
Q. Can we replace just the lock cylinder?
A. There are three basic types of cylinders: rim cylinders, mortise cylinders, and cylindrical lock or tubular deadbolt cylinders. Many locks allow for just the lock cylinder to be replaced. In high use doors the cylinder may become worn. By replacing the cylinder, the lock remains useful. When hardware allows cylinder replacement, it is possible to increase the security or flexibility of the lock with a high security cylinder or an electronic cylinder. With this simple addition the lock becomes much more secure and can satisfy your access control or audit needs.