Hurricane-Proof Roof

Sometimes the biggest ideas spring from the smallest booths at trade shows, and that's the case with this modular aluminum-planked roof system, which is rated to withstand wind speeds upward of 300 mph. Invented by retired book distributor Carl Jenny, the patent-pending design revolves around interlocking extruded aluminum panels inch thick. The system installs from the inside—Jenny says no sheathing or felt are required—and each plank covers the fasteners from the previous one.

Of course, a roof designed to live up to a 100-year guarantee doesn't come cheap; the price fluctuates with that of raw aluminum and puts it in the slate-roof ballpark: at least $900 per 100 square feet for the material (not including installation).

Century Plus Roofing System, by InterLocking Roof/Solar Systems
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