Metals have different advantageous properties as compared to non-metals, thus making the metals more preferable over non-metals.
Metals show malleability. This means that they can be beaten into thin sheets by hammering or rolling without breaking.
As zinc is a metal, hence it can be beaten into thin sheets. While phosphorus, sulphur and oxygen are non-metals, hence they doesn't show malleability and thus cannot be beaten into thin sheets.