Have you ever lost your house key and had to call a locksmith for assistance? Losing a key or forgetting it inside the house is a common event; fortunately, locksmiths offer services for times like this.

Did you know, though, that you can avoid having a locksmith break into your home for you if you just take a picture of your house key? Here are a few things you should know about using a photo of your key to create a new key.

How Does This Work?

While there are millions of combinations of keys and locks, almost all keys have similar setups. In other words, keys might all be different, but they are also function in similar ways that a locksmith can use to make you a new key. With a picture of a key, a locksmith can recreate a duplicate copy of your key by measuring several different parts of the key.

The locksmith begins by looking at the brand of key. There are several common brands, and each brand has its own unique design. After determining the brand of key, the locksmith is able to measure the depth and space of the grooves to cut a copy of the key in the picture.

The picture reveals the length of the key, its height and any other unique features of the key. From this information, the locksmith can create the copy you need for your home. The process used to create a key in this way takes some time, but it is a successful method for duplicating almost any type of key.

Why Is This a Good Method?

Imagine being locked out of your house and not having a spare key for your home. If you lost your only key, how would you ever unlock your house to get in or lock it when you leave? You wouldn't be able to use your house locks unless you hired a locksmith to change or rekey the locks on your doors. In either case, you will have to spend a significant amount of money to solve the problem.

If you have a picture of your key to make a duplicate from, however, you have a more affordable way to get a new key made, and you can get a new key made whenever you need one. The only thing you have to do is make sure you take a picture of your key and keep it with you.

How Do You Keep a Photo of a Key?

Fortunately, it is easy to keep a photo of your key through an app on your phone. In fact, there are several great apps available today that allow you to photograph your key. If you use an app for this and always have your phone with you, you could get a key made at any time simply by bringing your phone to a locksmith.

These apps usually cost money, though, so you may want to compare them if you choose this option. You should also make sure the app is secure so no one can steal the photograph of your house key.

If you do not want to use an app, you could take a picture of your key and print the picture. If you use this method, you should place the key on a white sheet of paper so it is easy to see. You might also want to place an object next to the key to help gain the measurements of it when needed.

If you ever lose your key but have a photo of it, take it to Lightning Lock & Key, LLC. We can make a duplicate key from your picture. We also offer other types of services related to locks, including rekeying and replacing locks.