Now there are over 2,000 locksmiths currently trading in the UK how do you know which locksmith in Stockport to choose?
Firstly, check out whether a locksmith is licensed by the Master Locksmiths' Association (MLA). This body is recognised as the authoritative body for locksmithing by the Home Office, setting and promoting standards of conduct, practice and materials within the trade.
Gaining a licence from the MLA is very difficult, prospective locksmith companies undergo comprehensive inspection procedures. Look out for the logo indicating that the company advertising it is approved by the MLA, which features two crossed keys on a yellow background and bears the name of the MLA
Locksmiths are often based in a shop, but many are mobile, working out of a vehicle, with a workshop. Many are employed by large locksmithing companies, while others are "one man bands".
General domestic locksmith, such as wooden door and window locks & keys
UPVC door and window locks and locking mechanisms
Access control, such as maglocks, code locks and proximity systems
Commercial locksmith, such as shutter locks, master key systems, door closers, padlocks etc.
Safes supplied, repair and service
As described above, the services offered by different companies can vary. Many locksmiths specialise in one aspect of the trade. Check your locksmith is knowledgable in the areas you require, you might be able to find a locksmith who is an expert in that field, and locksmiths are frequently certified in specific skill areas or to a certain level of skill within the trade. Always consider a locksmith's level of skills and whether or not he or she has the expertise to do the best possible job.
Look at the reviews of the locksmith company online, some are obviously not genuine! Yell and Thomson seen to be worse for this, with very similar reviews posted by allegedly different customers.
Yale's best-known lock design is the cylinder Pin-Tumbler Lock.
What is a Pin-Tumbler Lock?
The Pin-Tumbler Lock is a lock mechanism that uses pins of varying
lengths to prevent the lock from opening without the correct key.
The invention has new become widespread around the World and is, by far, the most used security locking mechanism in use today. In Stockport common derivatives are the rim "nightlatch" aka Yale lock and the recently popular "euro profile" cylinder used in uPVC and composite doors used across the Stockport area. This type of lock is simple to use and is very reliable. If your pin tumbler lock is worn, or, you have lost your keys contact your local Master Locksmith in Stockport of advice and service - 0161 669 4597
Finding someone who can cut keys in Wilmslow can be quite difficult, with the usual Cobblers or heel bars cutting expensive and, in many cases, badly fitting keys. These can sometimes accelerate wear & tear on your locks ultimately requiring a lock change.
At Cusworth's, we make sure all our machinery is calibrated correctly, and we had finish each mortice key (such as Chubb or Union mortice locks), by hand ensuring the key works with the lock - not wearing it out prematurely.
Properly trained staff ensure the correct key blanks are selected, using "universal" type keyblanks are used only when absolutely necessary.