- Will GV Lock locksmiths travel outside of the service area?
In short, yes. We will travel to any location that requires our expertise and commitment to excellence.
At Great Valley Lockshop, our specialty is working with security companies to properly install access card or keyless entry systems. We partner with several large access system contractors to properly install the mechanical locks needed to work with a new system. We are based in Chester County, Pennsylvania, our locksmiths routinely travel up to two hours for commercial and construction projects every day. In some situations, we will take on projects in states that lie outside of our traditional service area.
For example, we recently completed a large project for a university with multiple campuses across Pennsylvania. The farthest location was a six-hour drive from our Malvern shop. For this customer, distance was no problem; only our skilled locksmiths could be trusted to properly complete the entire project. We take great pride in the level of service that we provide for our clients. Read more about our mobile locksmith services and commercial services.
- What should I do if a key breaks?
If your key is broken, don’t attempt to unlock the door. You risk pushing the broken part into the lock and making it more difficult to extract. In these situations, it’s best to call your local locksmith. Read more about Great Valley Lockshop’s wide service area for emergency and mobile locksmith services.
- How long does it take to extract a broken key from a lock?
It should take only an experienced locksmith about 30 minutes to extract a broken key from the lock. Read more about our wide service area for emergency and mobile locksmith services.
- Will my lock still work after you open it?
- Can you duplicate a car key?
- Can you duplicate a tractor key?
We can duplicate most types of tractor keys. Regardless of how old the equipment is, bring the key into our shop and we will verify the availability of blanks needed to make a copy.
- Can you open a locked gun safe?
Yes, but it depends on a few factors, including the availability of the combination and reason that the safe is not opening. When you contact a locksmith, you should be able to provide the model number, serial number and manufacturer of the safe.
- Can you open a locked filing cabinet?
Yes, we have a few strategies for unlocking a filing cabinet without damaging it. With our broad-radius mobile locksmith services, we can unlock the cabinet on site.
- Can you unlock a pinball machine?
If you have lost your keys to your pinball machine or arcade game, have a lock that is not turning correctly or simply cannot get it open, we can help.
- Do I have to rekey my locks after a key breaks off in it?
Nope! Your lock should continue working just fine if the key is extracted by a professional. Read more about our Great Valley Lockshop’s emergency mobile locksmith services.
- What is an egress door?
An egress door is an emergency exit door. These doors are easily recognizable as exit doors because they have horizontal push bars, also known as panic bars. They are specially designed so that occupants don’t have to think about how to use them in case of an emergency. Read more about GV Lock’s exit door selection and services.
- Do I need an egress door in my facility?
In general, buildings where more than 50 occupants can assemble are required to have exit devices. Laws regarding the type of emergency exit door or delayed egress door required and proper installation vary by state. These doors must respect relevant fire safety and building codes and may need to be approved by the appropriate authorities before installation. Read more about GV Lock’s exit door selection and services.
- What is a crash bar or panic bar?
An “exit device,” “panic hardware,” a “push bar,” “panic bar,” or “crash bar,” all of these terms mean the same thing when it comes to exit doors. They refer to a device which allows the occupants of a building to unlock a door and exit quickly during an emergency. It looks like a horizontal or vertical bar for the user to push on and release the locking mechanism of the door with a single action.
Pushing on the door, rather than twisting a doorknob or pulling on a lever, is easier and faster. It also ensures that even children or individuals with physical disabilities can safely and efficiently exit the building in an emergency. Panic bars are invaluable and oftentimes mandatory for use in hospitals, nursing homes, other healthcare facilities, and large residential buildings. Many businesses, educational, government, and military facilities use them as well.
Some types of crash bars come with their own high-decibel alarms; these alarms can be used to alert management if a door is opened without authorization. Fire-rated crash bars are used on fire rated doors, which are usually interior doors.
Because a crash bar is an extremely important piece of hardware, improper installation means risking the lives of building occupants. Installation should be entrusted to only to experienced, professional locksmiths. Read more about Great Valley Lockshop’s exit door selection and services.
- Do I need to change all the locks if my keys are stolen?
If your keys are stolen, you have two options: change the lock set or have it rekeyed. Replacing the lock set means that your entire lock, including the knob or handle, will be removed and replaced. Rekeying the locks only involves replacing the tumbler. You can keep the same hardware and lock, but a new key will open it and the old key won’t work. Read more about Great Valley Lockshop’s commercial rekeying service.
- Do I need to change my locks or just have my existing locks rekeyed?
Changing a lock requires replacing the whole lock, knob or handle, and hardware. When a lock is rekeyed, we change the existing cylinder and leave the rest. Your old key will no longer work and we’ll supply a new one. Read more about Great Valley Lockshop’s commercial rekeying service.
- Do you provide locksmith services for small and large businesses?
Great Valley Lockshop handles commercial locksmithing for commercial businesses of all sizes. There’s no job our team can’t handle. Read more about our commercial locksmith services.
- Do you supply doors, door frames and locks?
Yes, we supply lock and entry hardware. Plus, we install what we sell. For, new construction projects Great Valley Lockshop can supply doors and hardware to general contractors and install them. Read more about our commercial doors and installation services.
- How do you choose a good residential door lock?
General recommendations for choosing reliable residential grade locks: select deadbolt locks with at least a 1-inch bolt, and hardware which can be secured with 3-inch screws driven into wall studs.
Great Valley Lockshop can install locks and other products purchased from other hardware suppliers or stores. Though, many homeowners prefer to purchase locks from GV Lock because we carry a wide selection of high-quality locks from several manufacturers which you won’t find in local hardware stores. Stop by our showroom to check out our lock displays and consult with an experienced locksmith. Read more about popular residential locksets.
- How does a mobile locksmith company work?
GV Lock mobile services come directly to your location. Our locksmiths are prepared to be on site as quickly as possible to help in emergency situations. Read more about our mobile locksmith services.
- How can I select the best locksmith?
First, verify that the locksmith’s physical address and search for complaints or reviews online. Good resources for customer reviews include Yelp and Angie’s List. Then, if the locksmith shows up in a car or an unmarked van, check with the BBB and ask them for their Pennsylvania Contractor Number or their ALOA (Associated Locksmiths of America) number. Finally, always request a quote.
Since 1973, Great Valley Lockshop has served Chester County Pennsylvania with security services. Read more about how to choose the right locksmith.
- My key doesn't work - What can I do?
If your key broke, doesn’t work, or the doorknob keeps spinning, you may think the lock is broken. However, it doesn’t always mean a new lock is necessary. In most cases, only the lock mechanism is broken. If so, we can rekey the lock to work with a new key and change the mechanism. If the lock is broken, then we’ll install an entirely new lock. Read more about Great Valley Lockshop’s rekeying services and emergency locksmith services.
- What is a master key system?
- What is a transponder key?
A transponder is a vehicle key that has extra anti-theft security. Your transponder key uses a microchip to transmit a low-level signal which is read by a remote receiver. The microchip is programmed with a serial number that is unique to your car; only when it matches will the car start. If the chip is deactivated, improperly cut or damaged, your car will not run. Copies of transponder keys can be made by a locksmith. Read more about Great Valley Lockshop’s automobile locksmith services.
- What are some higher security options for houses?
You might consider installing a home security system with smart home technology. These advanced systems not only offer a higher level of security, with integrated security cameras and burglar alarms, but they also have convenient features for homeowners. For example, smart locks allow you and your guests to unlock the door without keys. Entry is granted with an access code or mobile app. Doors can also be locked remotely from wherever you are. Homeowners can then check who gains entry to the home and when. Read more about Great Valley Lockshop’s residential locksmith services.
- What are some higher security options for businesses?
Businesses can boost security by upgrading to a keyless entry system or biometric entry system. Our locksmiths customize access security systems to each business and commercial property. Get more information from our Security Checklist for Business Owners and read about GV Lock’s advanced commercial security services.
- What are some higher security options for universities and college campuses?
- Will GV Lock make copies of keys that say "do not duplicate"?
There is currently no law in place about “do not duplicate” keys. The engraved words found on many keys for commercial properties is not actually legally binding. Some hardware stores have a policy against cutting copies of these keys without proper authorization. Our locksmiths can duplicate these keys and recommend better security solutions for businesses. Read more about GV Locks’ high-security lock, keyless and biometric system supply and services.
- What are the benefits of using a fire safe?
Valuables such as birth certificates, savings bonds, passports, insurance policies and other personal documents should be stored in a certified fire safe. The items inside a heat-resistant safe will help you reconstruct your life if you are ever the victim of a household fire. Learn more about Great Valley Lockshop’s safe opening and installation services.
- What is the best place to install a fire safe in the home?
- What are the benefits of window tinting?
- How is window film applied?
The area is prepared by covering or moving any furniture and placing drop cloths to protect the interior. The glass and gasket on the inside of the structure are cleaned using a gentle solution of dishwashing detergent and water. A solution is then applied to the glass and the film laid in place. After using a squeegee to remove any excess solution, the film is trimmed at the gasket. The film is then wiped down to provide a clean finish. The drop cloths are removed and the furniture replaced, making it look like we were never even there – except for your new window film. Read more about GV Lock’s commercial window tinting services.
- Is window tint hard to maintain?
No, it’s actually just as easy to clean as your current windows, especially for films that include a scratch-resistant layer. You can enjoy the benefits of commercial window tinting without having to add anything to your cleaning process. Read more about what window tinting can do for your building.
- Is window tinting applied to the inside or outside of the building?
Typically, the tinting is applied to the inside of the window, allowing it to be applied without significant expense for installation. Read more about GV Lock’s commercial window tinting services.
- What is window tinting made of?
There is a wide range of polymers and advanced materials that constitute the commercial tinting films. They are long-lasting and provide many benefits for your commercial building. Read more about the advantages of window film.
- Will tinted windows have a mirrored appearance?
Not unless you’d like it. GV Lock has films available that have virtually no reflection at all, making it easy to enjoy the benefits without changing the appearance of the building. Read more about the benefits of window tint.
- Will window tinting ruin my view?
Not at all! In fact, the glare reduction that many clear window films provide actually sharpens the appearance and makes it easier to enjoy the beautiful view you’ve come to love. Read more about how window tinting can improve buildings.