One favorite trick by many locksmiths is to re-key a lock rather than completely replacing it. If you lose your keys, move into a new home or kick out an old roommate, re-keying your locks rather than replacing them can be an affordable way to get the security that you want. However, there are some cases in which you should replace your lock instead. These are some of the cases in which you should talk to a locksmith about replacing your lock completely.

Your Key Gets "Stuck" a Lot

As locks get older, it can be common for keys to get "stuck," making it difficult for you to open the lock. However, even though it can be more difficult for you to open your lock, it can actually make it easier for someone else to pick the lock and get in. Plus, even re-keying the lock could still lead to problems in the future since the parts inside the lock itself are probably worn out. To prevent problems with your lock in the future, you should consider replacing it rather than re-keying it. Then, your new lock will be more difficult to pick, and you won't have to worry about having trouble getting in your home because of a sticky lock.

You Want to Upgrade Your Home Security

In many cases, the locks that come with homes or new home doors are cheap. Although they might do the job, they can be easier for a crafty thief to pick. Even though you will have to spend a little more money, it can be worth it to swap out cheap locks with a more expensive, stronger option. Look for a strong, heavy lock with a shield that prevents lock picking, or talk to a local locksmith about your best choices. He or she might suggest a double-cylinder lock rather than a lock with a single cylinder or might even recommend a much stronger—although more expensive—mortise lock. You can also look at digital locks that require a code to get in rather than a simple deadbolt.

In some situations, re-keying your lock can be a smart idea. However, this isn't always the best choice. In other situations, it's smart to replace your lock completely. Luckily, a good locksmith can help you choose the right lock for your home and can install it for you. Then, you should not have to worry about having any problems with your lock in the future. For more information, contact locksmiths like those at The Lock Shop.