On a tour of Europe, company founder J. Joseph Zappone III noticed that, unlike in the US, most European roofs were designed to be permanent. He also noticed that wood and composition materials were not commonly used for roofing and that copper performed better and looked better over centuries of use than either slate or tile. Mr. Zappone decided to produce a roof that would match the quality of the roofing he saw in Europe. In 1969 Zappone Manufacturing introduced an innovative metal shingle with an anti-capillary interlocking system. This product incorporated the benefits of metal and eliminated the weaknesses of sheet style systems. To guarantee durability, longevity and a rich appearance, the shingle is produced only from copper and aluminum.