That leaky roof may look hard to figure out, but if you put some work into it, you will be amazed at how much you can get done to fix it. One of the first steps to roof repair is to locate or isolate the leak. This may be the hardest thing to do since leaks can enter the roof in one area and be found in the house sometimes feet away from the leak itself. If you can get up into the attic with a flashlight during a rain, this is the best way to find the leak in the roof. Keep in mind that it could be a gutter that is stopped up, which would make the leak near to the wall and would mean your work would no longer involve the roof.
Some tips to remember for repairing your roof is that those things that go through the roof, such as pipes, vents and other things are the likely culprits for a leak. If you can take a look outside at your roof, notice all the things that jut up through it, including the chimney, and you will want to check them out thoroughly for cracks around the flashings or whatever it is that blends them into the roof. DIY roof repair is not rocket science, but learning the basics can go a long way.
Should you find the area or thing causing the leak during your survey, you will need tools. A shovel is a tool that will help remove shingles. If you have to replace old flashing, you will need roof coating and maybe cement. If you have a metal roof, you will need solder and a soldering gun and flux, in addition to more roof coating. If you have a slate roof, you will need the special tool called a “slate ripper” to get the old nails out. You will also need this tool if you have a tile roof. For most people with a shingled roof, they will need new shingles, felt paper if the job is large, a shovel and roofing nails, and maybe some asphalt sealer. The creative diy roof repair person will always have enough tools to get the job done the first time.