3 factors that influence the cost of locksmith services

December 21, 2014

Putting your stuff or your home under lock and key isn’t as simple as it used to be. Today’s locks offer more security, but they’re also more sophisticated to install. The costs you’ll incur depend largely on the security system you want to put in place or the urgency of your call. Here are the three main variables that affect the cost.

3 factors that influence the cost of locksmith services

1. Service

Whether it’s for putting a new lock on your front door or installing armoured doors on a mansion, the cost of a locksmith’s services are reasonable when you consider the specialized skill set he or she has. In some cases, the locksmith is licensed to install particular kinds of locks and security systems. Some of the most common services they offer include:

  • Key duplicating (simple keys and key cards)
  • Car key transponder programming
  • Key moulding (to open locks whose keys are lost)
  • Opening a broken or defective lock
  • Replacing locks of different types
  • Installing shielded doors
  • Installing security solutions (including surveillance systems)
  • Installing custom-made security grilles

2. Availability

The cost of locksmith services also varies depending on his or her availability and the level of customer service offered.

  • Some locksmith businesses have technicians on call around the clock, every day of the year, with a mobile workshop for emergency service on-site.

3. The type of lock

The quality and complexity of a lock or security system also influences the cost of locksmith services.

  • Bored cylinder locks and a variant known as tubular chassis locks are widespread in North America.
  • Sidebar locks incorporate sidebar pins that make them more resistant to lock picking.
  • Tubular pin tumbler locks are for internal doors with key insertion directly into the handle.
  • Case locks have an inner casing containing the lock and an outer housing for the keyhole.
  • Mortise locks were the norm before the widespread use of bored cylinder locks.
  • Electronic or biometric locks open with a code or fingerprint.
  • Secret locks require a special mechanism (such as a particular way of inserting the key) to unlock the door.

A good, accredited locksmith can advise you on which kind of lock is best for your home or business. Some provinces and territories issue licences and/or accreditation to locksmiths. If that’s the case where you live, it’s an added assurance of security and trustworthiness.

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