If you need a gate or gate lock repaired, replaced or simply installed, you may be tempted to call one of the companies that deal specifically with gates. But there is an alternative to that and you probably should take it. That alternative is your local locksmith, and there are some good reasons why they should be your first choice when it comes to gate lock installation and repair.
Gates are heavy-duty and expensive but the locks on them are subject to the same wear-and-tear that all locks have. Whether your gate lock is a manual one that required a key or it is wired to your security system and can be opened remotely, there is still the chance that your lock could fail.
When that happens, you may think that you need to call the company that installed your gate in the first place – or at the very least, a company that deals with nothing but fencing and gates. The truth is, you can save time and money by looking up a locksmith in your area that handles gates instead.
In fact, some locksmiths even handle more than just the lock on your gate. Since they work on gates all the time, they have experience with them, and some companies even install new gates or put in new gate locks if that’s all you need.
One of the reasons that a locksmith is a better option than your local gate and fence sales and service retailer is that they are willing to do the job. Unless your gate was installed by the company that you are calling for service, they may not actually want to do the job. Some companies are in business to sell gates and that means that if someone needs a gate repaired that they didn’t install, they try to sell them a gate instead.
Another reason is that a locksmith may be cheaper. Unless your gate is under warranty still, and you call the company that installed it, you are going to have to pay a pretty hefty fee for parts and labor from whoever you call. But a locksmith will already have a quote prepared for your gate or lock, because it is likely something that they do all the time.
Plus, locksmith service is almost always faster. If you call a gate and fence company, they will usually try to fit you in when their service people are in your area, installing a new gate for someone else. That could mean waiting a week or two to get your lock replaced. In many cases, a locksmith will be able to complete the job the very same day.
The thing to remember here is that you do have a choice when it comes to gate installation and gate lock repair. Always check with your local locksmith before you arrange to have a company specializing in fencing and gates to come out and do the work.