Have you ever been faced with an unexpected roofing repair bill? If so, then you know just how unpleasant and costly these sudden home repairs can be. And while it's true that there's guaranteed way to completely avoid the need for roofing repair, there are some basic care and maintenance tasks you can keep up with to reduce wear and tear on your roof and potentially prolong the life of your roof.

Schedule Annual Gutter Cleanings 

A lot of homeowners don't realize it, but gutters play an important role in protecting roofing from damage and leaks. That's because gutters are responsible for carrying water and debris away from a home's roof, especially during periods of heavy precipitation. Unfortunately, if your gutters are clogged, this can prevent them from operating efficiently and could put your roof at risk. By scheduling annual gutter cleanings, you'll keep things running smoothly and reduce the risk of a roofing leak.

Don't Forget the Yearly Inspection

When was the last time you had your roof inspected by a trusted roofing company? If it's been more than a year, you're overdue. A roofing inspection is a great way to be made aware of even the smallest signs of wear and tear on your roof that may warrant action. And by making small repairs as the need arises, you could potentially avoid the need for a more major roofing repair down the road.

Check for Damage After Storms

If you have home insurance, then you should be covered for any roofing damage caused by windstorms, hail, or other inclement weather. However, if you never take the time to have your roof checked for damage after a major storm, you could have undetected problems that may lead to the need for a major repair later on -- and one that your insurance company isn't likely to cover.

Keep Your Roof Clear of Debris

Debris on your roof, such as tree branches and even leaves, can cause damage over time. Have your roof cleared of debris as needed by a professional or do it yourself; just make sure to be safe when working on your roof by wearing non-slip shoes and having someone to hold your ladder as you climb up and down.

A little bit of care and maintenance can go a long way in prolonging the life of your home's roof, so be sure to keep these tips in mind to avoid potentially costly repairs.