Your entry door is one of the most important parts of your home’s security against trespassers. If you’re planning to replace the locks on it, you need to make sure you’re actually upgrading to a better system.
Homeowners usually have two options when changing their entry door’s locks. Replacement involves taking out the old lock and completely replacing it. On the other hand, rekeying keeps the old lock, but reconfigures the pins in it so that a completely new key can be used to unlock it. In some cases, rekeying is a more practical option, especially if the current lock has a robust mechanism and is still in good shape.
If you want to have the convenience of not having to fumble for too many keys, you should have to consider re-keying so that they share the same key as your main lock.
There’s no need to limit your entry door locks to key-based mechanisms. If you want, you can go for electronic locks that can be opened using a security code or even smart locking technology that can be synced with your smartphone or computer. This way, you can even open or lock your entry door remotely.
If you’re worried about the security of just having a single entry door lock, you can always consider adding multiple locks, preferably of varying mechanisms. The more locks a would-be trespasser has to pick, the less appealing target your entry door will be. The most common combination is a deadbolt lock paired with a door knob or lever.
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