Dozens of different materials have been used to cover homes, barns, and stores for thousands of years. Many of the homes from ancient cultures and kingdoms used materials as basic as hay or sticks to keep the elements out. Those basic materials are far from ideal, but people usually worked with whatever was available until better roofing materials were developed. Wooden shake became a popular material in many areas because of its durability, insulating capabilities, and beauty. However, the fairly flammable nature of wooden tiles was a major disadvantage and helped boost the popularity of much more fire-resistant materials such as slate and metal. Nevertheless, even those durable materials required a certain degree of costly maintenance.
Asphalt shingles replaced slate in many areas due to the lower cost, but those products are on the low end of the green roofing spectrum. Once composite materials like our products were developed, roof tiles could be fabricated in every color and shape without sacrificing resistance to fire, hail, or wind. They tend to cost more than some other materials but they also last longer and require less maintenance. At the end of the day, each type of material comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages... so when it comes down to picking out the "best" roofing material, it really depends on what the home or business owner is looking for.