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3 Pros and Cons of both Keys and Keyless Locks

Now that the world’s technology is exponentially growing, our lives can all be improved and simplified by technological advances – advances, which are not limited to entertainment, but also practical security purposes. The advent of electronic keyless locks have increased potential for convenience, ease of entry, and security – but are they truly better than traditional mechanical locks? Here’s a guide from the keyless entry lock installation experts at Nonstop Locksmith as to various pros and cons of both keyed and keyless locks.

Pros of Keyless Locks


Keyless locks allow you to access your home through simply inputting a custom code. Know that when you leave the house you will be able to easily get back inside even if you’re not carrying keys on you. Keyless lock keypads usually have illuminated touch screens or backlit keypads, for easy use at night.

Total Access Control

It’s easy to let people into your home even when you’re not physically there by simply giving thema  custom PIN number. PIN numbers can even be time sensitive, and programmed to only work at certain times of day – making it perfect for homes that utilize services like dog walkers or babysitters.

Super Simple Installation

It’s quick and easy for one of Nonstop Locksmiths’ expert lock installation technicians to attach a keyless lock or electronic deadbolt to the door of your home. It can be done in a sheer matter of minutes, and outfit onto your existing door with no need for replacement.


Cons of Keyless Locks


Keyless locks are inherently more expensive than typical mechanical locks – but to be honest, the value they provide justifies their price. For budget conscious individuals, there’s tons of options for keyless locks that don’t have programmable features like higher end versions, but still offer maximum conveniences.

Having to Remember PIN Numbers / Changing the Battery

You will need to remember the PIN number in order to access your home – but this can be made easier by programming the number into your phone’s note application. Try using a PIN thats both secure and easy to remember. Many keyless locks also require battery changes once in a blue moon – even if many of them have auxiliary power to keep the lock running even when the battery runs out – and will warn you when the battery is running low in the first place.

Not as Many Styles

Keyed locks are available in infinite stylistic varieties, but the more specific keyless locks are slightly more limited in design scope – however, this doesn’t mean they all look the same! There’s tons of keyless lock aesthetics, colors, and finishes out there – so you’re sure to find one that meets your stylistic preferences perfectly!!


Keyed Lock Pros

Cheap Costs

Keyed locks are super affordable – and even high security grade keyed locks can be found at a reasonable budget friendly price.

Ton’s of Stylistic Options

There’s a myriad of different styles, finishes, colors, textures, and materials of keyed locks – so many in fact, that you have near infinite varieties to choose from to perfectly match your personal aesthetic taste – from refined and cold, to futuristic, to warm and rustic, you have a plethora of choices!!

Easy Installation

The team at Nonstop Locksmith can install keyed locks at your home or business in a  matter of minutes – it’s our bread and butter. We know the in’s and out’s of the process, and guarantee you a swift, effective, efficient, and courteous installation.


Cons of Keyed Locks

Chances of getting Locked Out

You can easily lock yourself out of your home – especially if the door automatically locks behind you, when dealing with mechanical keyed locks. If you lose your keys or somehow forget them behind an automatically locking door, you may find yourself stranded outside and having to call a locksmith for emergency lockout service.

Harder to Implement Access Control

It’s way harder to maintain strong access control at your property when dealing with mechanical locks. You can have a spare key placed in a lockbox by your door for visitors to use, but once they have the key you cannot possibly limit their access to their property – to the point that they might even decide to quickly copy your keys!!

Having to Lug Keys Around

If you like to be light on your feet or are very active, it can be a drag to always have to remembrance carry heavy keys around with you all the time. Especially the case if you like to wear shorts that keys can easily fall out of, or if you’re carrying heavy packages and have to search around for tiny keys.


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Non-Stop sent Chuck to do my door. I had to change keys because my abusive boyfriend finally moved out. He was very friendly and very professional. He even arrived about 5 minutes before the time he was supposed to be! He told me that he has worked for this company since they opened. It took him only about 20 minutes to do everything. The price is reasonable: $65 flat rate and $35 per door. I work on a customer service-oriented job and I can definitely say that this company excels in that part. If you need a locksmith in the Logan Square, Avondale area, don’t waste your time with other companies. Just call Non-Stop! Thanks, Chuck!

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Had a car lockout and needed an ignition key. Went to the Infiniti and Nissan dealership (Berman’s Infiniti) to “try” and get stuff sorted out but was met with bad service and tons of misinformation which left a bad impression. One person said one thing and the tech said another. I lost a lot of time and wasted effort trying to get stuff from the dealer’s service center. Then I got a referral to Non-Stop locksmith to get the job done. Quote was accurate had a great job done, courteous service and fast quality work. Dude made keys on the spot! My tech Robert went up and beyond my expectations to help me out of a jam.

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My husband and I just bought our first place and needed the locks changed. Being that we needed it done quickly and after business hours (right after closing), I took a chance on going with the first place on Yelp. I couldn’t be happier!! CHRIS came out and was fantastic. He’s very knowledgeable on his craft and super friendly. He got the job done fast and the locks/keys work great. I’m actually about to call again, right now, to change another lock we didn’t know to change that night (for a storage room). Now, I’ve never needed locks changed, but I thought the prices to be reasonable. They charge by the item, not the hour, and gave me pricing right over the phone.

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