Getting your Locks Changed
You may need to get your locks changed for a variety of reasons, whether it is an emergency situation, such as after a burglary for example. Or if you have moved into a new property and require new locks to be installed. Keytek® offers both an emergency Locksmith service and the option to book in advance for lock replacement.
No matter the reason for the lock change, you will want to be sure that you are using a Locksmith Engineer that is fully trained and trustworthy. At Keytek® all of our Engineers are police checked and regularly monitored by us. Meaning that you can trust you are getting the best service possible.
As part of the Lock Changing service offered by Keytek® we can carry out a free home security check. This will involve the Locksmith taking a look at your current security measures and giving you recommendations on how you can keep your home more secure, whilst also checking that your locks and other security measures comply with your home insurance regulations.
When to get your locks replaced
- If you have been burgled.
- If you have moved house.
- If you lose your keys or they are stolen.
- If your lock is broken or unreliable.
- If you don’t know how many people have a spare key.
- If you are a landlord and have evicted tenants.
Lock Replacement Services Keytek® Offer
UPVC Door Lock Replacement
As it is becoming more and more common for people to have uPVC (plastic) doors, all of our Locksmiths are uPVC specialists. Changing the lock in your uPVC door is normally a straight forward job, which should take no more than an hour in the majority of cases. However it is still recommended that you engage the services of a professional Locksmith to complete the work.
The majority of uPVC doors have a Euro Lock Mechanism, meaning that 9 times out of 10 a Keytek® Locksmith will have the lock you need and can complete the job in just one visit. But not to worry if your lock is a bit more unusual, we can order whatever part you need and come back to fit it (normally within 24-48 hours). Any uPVC door lock that Keytek® replace comes with 2 or 3 new keys (dependant on the model of lock) and a 12 month warranty for your peace of mind.
Wooden Door Lock Replacement
The most common type of door lock found on a wooden door, is a Mortice and/or a Yale lock. If your wooden door is of a good quality then these locks can be very secure. Similar to a uPVC door lock, Keytek® Locksmiths come out with a fully stocked van so in most cases will have the lock you need with them when they come to replace it. The process of changing a lock on a wooden door should be very straight forward and a fully trained Locksmith should be able to complete the job to an extremely high standard within a reasonable time.
Patio Door Locks
One of the services that Keytek® offers is patio door lock replacement. This job is simpler than people think as many patio doors or sliding doors typically have the same lock as an uPVC door. This means that a Locksmith should be able to change these locks with relative ease.
Rekeying is a process that involves a Locksmith changing the internal components of the lock itself. This is not something that many Locksmiths do, as it is generally more expensive for the customer and a longer process for the Locksmith to rekey than just changing the lock. It takes an extremely experienced Locksmith to successfully do this as internally either the pins or the levers will need to be changed and new keys will need to be cut to fit. Because of this we would always encourage a lock change over a rekey.
A select number of Keytek® Locksmiths are able to provide this service.
Lock replacement FAQ’s
The cost of getting your locks replaced varies, as it depends on what type of door you have, what type of lock you want and the size of the lock. We have some of the general charges you can expect when you call out a locksmith on our Locksmith Pricing Page so you have an idea of what to expect. However for a more accurate quote call us on 0330 332 0589.
On average it will take around 30 minutes to change a lock and make the necessary adjustments. However the length of time will change depending on your individual circumstances, the type of door and lock you have as well as how many locks you want replacing. It’s always best to speak to the Locksmith when he arrives to talk about how long it will take.
On the face of any lock that is a ‘British Standard’ lock you will see the British Standard Kitemark image pictured to the right, this may also be accompanied by BS: 3621 2007 (mortice locks) or BS: TS007 (Euro cylinders) which are the current British Standard required for Insurance purposes.
When changing the locks for your home you may ask yourself why you should adhere to meeting any requirements listed by your insurance provider. By not meeting the requirements as stated by your provider you may run the risk of invalidating your insurance when making a claim.
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