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Ceilings, obviously, are the upper finished surface of interior rooms or garages. Most ceilings are made of drywall, covered with plaster, but they can also be made of wood or even metal.
A good look at a ceiling can tell the inspector quite a bit about the structure. A sagging ceiling or one with flaking plaster or water damage can indicate a plumbing problem on the floor above. A bowed ceiling or a ceiling with large cracks or gaps can be a sign of structural problems. And, a ceiling with peeling paint can indicate moisture issues.