It is a popular misconception that locksmiths are only good for opening locked doors and duplicating keys. In fact, an expert in the field can provide a wide range of specialized locksmith services depending on your needs.
Contractor vs. Locksmith: Who Can Install Your Locks Better?
There’s no denying that a professional locksmith service in Myrtle Beach is important given the high crime rate in the area. However, some Myrtle Beach homeowners think that it saves money to let a contractor fix, replace, or install a security lock on their properties, especially if it is undergoing renovations anyway.
The problem with this plan is that general contractors don’t usually have the right knowledge when it comes to door locks. They just tend to do what the manual tells them to do. On the other hand, professional locksmiths will actually give you pertinent information on the lock you’ve chosen and actually explain to you why a certain locking mechanism will not be compatible with your house’s current security needs.
While the U.S. does not require locksmiths to have a certification to be eligible for professional work, several states are already implementing laws that allow only those who are certified to do certain types of locksmithing work.
Beware of Unlicensed and Uncertified Locksmiths
Even before trying to discuss beefing up your home’s security with a hired locksmith, confirm his credentials first. While locksmiths in the U.S. are largely unregulated, it is still advised to stay as far away as possible from so-called locksmiths who cannot produce the necessary documents like a certification, to be utterly believable.
Why is a certification important? Because it gives you an idea on how experienced and highly skilled your hired locksmith is. For example, a person with only ALOA Fundamental Locksmith designation (AFL) is only as good as a new apprentice. It makes no sense then to hire an AFL when you are planning to install a smart lock in your home as he won’t have the skills for that. At worst, an AFL can only trigger a costly mistake for doing a job he’s not trained to do.
What Can a Certified Locksmith Do for Your Home’s Security?
Aside from fitting in new and replacement locks, a certified locksmith can also revamp your whole security system, depending on his acquired certifications and trainings. A certified registered locksmith (CRL) can help you as far as general locks are concerned. It means he has a basic knowledge on how tumblers, warded, latches, spring bolts, levers, deadbolts, and other locking mechanisms work. A CRL also has a good working knowledge on at least two specialized locksmithing areas.
Specialized locksmith services include in-depth knowledge on how locks from both domestic and foreign cars work, door closers, life safety codes, keyless mechanical locks, cylinder serving, tubular key cylinder servicing, basic electricity, alarms, motorcycle locks, time locks, safe installation, electromechanical access controls, detention locking systems, and safe opening and servicing among others.
A certified professional locksmith (CPL) on the other hand, can do everything that a person with CRL certificate can and have an advanced knowledge on twelve specialized locksmith services at the highest level.
The certified master locksmith (CML), can do everything that CRLs and CPLs can do and also have advanced knowledge about how electronic security works. In fact, a CML can help install and service electronic alarms, complete with surveillance and camera systems for better protection against criminals, particularly pesky burglars. A certified locksmith can also improv the level of protection on your windows and other possible entry points to give your home’s security a holistic approach.
Only hire a locksmith based on his level of expertise and skill and your security needs. If you are serious about beefing up your home’s security, you won’t just hand over the job to an untested novice. For best results, ask for the services of a certified locksmith.
Coastal Contract Hardware is an experienced trustworthy locksmith, including installation and maintenance of locks and doors as well as security systems. We service areas in North and South Carolina such as Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Conway, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and Horry County, SC and other surrounding areas. To find out more, get in touch by visiting our contact page and filling out the form or call us at 843-946-3500. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook as well!