The typical types of damage requiring repair usually result from a leaky roof where water drips down and settles above your ceiling. If there is a considerable amount of water sitting for a while, the water will eventually seep through and cause the ceiling to leak. Ultimately, this water damage results in a rust or dark colored stain that is unmistakable from view. The other type of damage requiring ceiling repair is due to the house “settling,” which all homes experience. Weather and temperature changes can cause the house materials to either contract or expand and this can result in serious cracks in your ceiling. The house may also shift slightly on soil when it’s extremely wet or dry. It’s a very common thing to see an older home with cracks from one end of the room to another. It is normal for a house to settle but unfortunately, the result is oftentimes cracks. These cracks can be very narrow, almost spider-like cracks in numerous areas in the rooms especially in corners, or you can get very large, thick cracks from one end of the room to the other.