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Warped Ceiling

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:40 am
by ChuckP88
Hello everyone,
I am trying to identify the cause for this ceiling to warp in a potential home I may be purchasing,prior to making an offer or having an inspection of the property . Any ideas Pictured in the attachment . This is a sun room with no rooms overhead just a roof in a lake property built on a hill in 1940.

Re: Warped Ceiling

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:44 am
by Shannon
This could be a leak that could have caused the tiles to come loose and sag and the new coat of paint is hiding the water staining? or they could simply have come loose. If it was my home for sale I would have fastened them back up before painting if it was something simple? Is there any access to see above the ceiling in the roof space?

Re: Warped Ceiling

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:59 am
by ChuckP88
Thanks for the input. I don't believe there is access to the roof space . Would this be uncovered under a inspection?

Re: Warped Ceiling

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:12 am
by A. Spruce
An inspection will note that the ceiling is sagging, but they will not do any investigation into why. Have the inspector pay particular attention to the roof over the sun room.

Can you push up on the tiles and move them, if so, they've probably just come loose over time. If not, then whatever they're attached to has come loose. Be careful if you do push on them, much movement can cause them to completely fall down and you don't want to be responsible for a repair on a home you do not own.

The cause could be that the glue has released from either the ceiling or back of the tiles due to age. Could be that a water leak caused them to release, but there would definitely be water stain evidence of this, even if freshly painted because they are so porous that it is very hard to seal them enough to keep the stain from bleeding through. Could be excess humidity/heat in that room that caused them to release.

Re: Warped Ceiling

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:46 am
by ChuckP88
Thanks for the input I will be sure to have the inspector take extra notice to the roof. I didn't want to press hard while we looked at the home but they did have some give/ elasticity to them when i put some pressure on them. However they did not feel damp or have any visible signs of water damage/ leaking.