Home Security

How Locksmiths Can Help

How Locksmiths Can HelpWhy call a locksmith like The GTA Lockman?  Here are just a few of the major situations we can help you with:

Replacing Damaged or Lost Keys

When your key is lost or damaged, you can’t open the lock it belonged to!  You could lose access to your own home or vehicle, which will put more than a slight crimp in your plans.  Our trained locksmiths will arrive at your home, car or place of work, replacing your locks or re-keying your doors to get you access to your home once again.

Master Keying

If you have many locks you need to open – say, you’re a property manager or in charge of multiple locations – a master key could be just the thing you need to save yourself from a keyring clogged with dozens of redundant keys.  A master key is a key that’s designed to open a wide variety of locks – each lock has a unique key for a tenant or other resident, and then the one master key owned by the landlord.  Master keying your properties can save you time and aggravation.

New Lock Hardware

If you’re concerned about security – or are just moving into a new home and want to replace the existing door security – a trained locksmith like The GTA Lockman can install newer and stronger door hardware, including deadbolt locks.  Whether you’re looking to upgrade your existing security or are concerned someone might have access to your own locks, new locking hardware can be the answer to your woes.

Lock Repair

Sometimes it’s not the key that’s the issue – it’s a damaged lock itself.  Sometimes, simple wear and tear can harm the lock mechanism.  Other times, they can get jammed or stuck, or have a key break inside the tumbler.  When this happens, a trained locksmith can come, repair your lock in no time at all, and have everything working smoothly once again.


The Basics of Professional Lock Repair

The Basics of Professional Lock RepairBrowsing around the internet, you can find article after article after article explaining how you can do lock repair and installation at home.  If you’re particularly handy, this may, in fact, be possible, but for most of us, the idea of messing with our home’s security is a frightening one.  There’s also the issue of quickness – a professional locksmith, like one from GTA Lockman, can do in a few minutes what might take an untrained person days to do.  Here are some other basic reasons why your door security is best left to the professionals.

Tools of the Trade

A professional locksmith will have all the appropriate tools needed to ensure your door lock repair or installation is done in the fastest and easiest way possible.  Using the wrong tools when attempting to fix your own door locks can result in just damaging them more – they can be quite delicate pieces of hardware, at times.  Improperly repaired or installed locks also do not provide the same amount of security as properly managed locks will.

Advanced Lock Systems

Most “how-to” guides will cover only the most basic pin-and-tumbler locks.  Modern locks, and anything more advanced than the most bargain-basement budget models, often have advanced locking and security systems which makes repairing them more complicated.  A professional locksmith will have the proper training needed to deal with all sorts of technology, allowing them to quickly and accurately determine the cause of your problems and propose effective, cheap fixes.  No online guide can cover the entire range of locks and locking mechanisms, or have anywhere near the amount of experience or range of problems seen by a professional locksmith.

When to Repair and When to Replace

Without the proper knowledge, you may not know when to repair and when to replace your lock.  Some cases are easy – minor damage should be repaired, and major damage should be replaced.  But when it falls in between those extremes, it can be hard to gauge just where the line between repair and replacement actually is.  A professional locksmith will be able to judge if a moderately damaged lock can be repaired and restored, or if a new lock will be required.