There are many reasons to love an older building or home. Before the eras of industrialization or mass-production, every element within a home was lovingly crafted by the hand of an artisan. Locksmiths would spend years training to become excellent at manufacturing elegant door hardware, locks, and keys, refining their skills over decades. While today’s locks use new technology and high-performance materials, there’s just something about the door hardware of a bygone era that exudes splendor and grace.


If you’re a Twin Cities homeowners living in an older home, you may find yourself conflicted about replacing your antique doorknobs with something that functions better. At Minneapolis Lock and Key in Minnesota, we can work with homeowners to help them preserve a home’s traditional locks so they may not have to be replaced.


Door Hardware of the Past

From the gingerbread charm of a Queen Anne to the simple comfort of a Craftsman bungalow, there’s a reason people love older homes. It seems like everywhere you look in an older home, there’s some new detail to appreciate. Nowhere is the saying “They don’t make them like they used to” more applicable than in the elegant historical details of an antique home.


One of the most noticeable details can be seen on every door in most older homes from the cut glass of yesterday’s doorknobs to the simple beauty of a skeleton key. These antique doorknobs and locks can also be difficult to completely replace if it becomes necessary to do so.


Replacing Locks or Preserving the Past

One of the most common problems homeowners encounter with older locks and keys is functionality concerns. It’s fairly common for almost every older home to have at least one lock that doesn’t quite work the way it used to. This can mean a sticking door or a key that frequently gets jammed when you’re trying to unlock the door.


If you’ve got a lock that’s past its prime, it can be difficult to know how to approach it. Should you replace the lock with something more modern that may stand out against the antique hardware of your home? Should you replace all of your door hardware with matching hardware?


There are several reasons homeowners may wish to replace a home’s original door hardware. Here are just a few:


●        Security concerns

●        Better functionality

●        Better durability

●        A more uniform look


Antique Key Services for Preserving the Past

Your antique hardware is one of your home’s most distinguishing characteristics, but when it loses its ability to function properly, it’s time to act. If you find yourself having to choose between better performing door hardware manufactured in the modern era and the stunning craftsmanship of yesterday, it can be a difficult decision.


However, you may be surprised to find out that you don’t necessarily have to sacrifice craftsmanship and style for high-performance durability and security. Minneapolis Lock and Key is a locksmithing company that has been passing down our experience from locksmith to locksmith for generations. We’ve been around for more than a century, which means we’ve worked with many of today’s antique locks since they were brand new.


We can help with any of these issues:


●        Sticking locks

●        Lost or replacement keys

●        Stripped hinges

●        Tight locks

●        Loose locks

●        Misalignment


Preserving Historically Significant Hardware

If you’re concerned about sacrificing your home’s history for functionality, our seasoned residential locksmithing company pros can help you do both. We can help you preserve the old-world style of your home’s door hardware so you don’t have to replace it entirely. 


We’re the Twin Cities’ foremost experts on preserving historical door hardware. Because we understand the intricacies of antique door hardware, we’ll take our time to understand exactly where the problem lies and take every step to preserve it.


Preserving an Antique Lock

We’ve worked with locking hardware that homeowners thought was beyond repair. One piece, a piece of Russwin brand locking hardware, had been duct-taped for 15 years. Its patent date inside the lock read “April 19, 1904.” Our antique locksmithing experts studied the lock thoroughly before cleaning and repairing its original locking mechanism.


The repair process required a part that was no longer available, so we custom manufactured it right here in our shop.  When our technicians were done, we had restored the antique lock completely to its original functionality, rekeying it so that the customer could use it with their existing keys.


Twin Cities Residential Locksmithing for Your Antique Locks and Hardware

If you’ve been frustrated over a sticking lock or antique door hardware with limited or no functionality, we can help. You don’t have to choose between preserving the splendor of the past and a functioning lock, and you don’t have to sacrifice security for style.


At Minneapolis Lock and Key, our residential locksmithing company brings more than a century of expertise to your antique door hardware repair and we’re up to the challenge. From repairing your rare antique door hardware to rekeying it, we’ve got you covered. Connect with our residential lock repair service professionals by calling 612.823.8148, or contact us to find out more about how we can help with your antique locks today.