Clopay® and Liftmaster® Join Forces to Provide The Right Look For Jay Leno's Garage Doors

May 02, 2010


Tonight Show” host Jay Leno is known for being undeniably passionate about two things: comedy and cars. So after the DIY Network series Garage Mahal completely renovated his personal yet unruly six-car, three room space into unbelievable “his” and “hers” garages for the series season opener that aired April 9, 2010, Jay Leno and his team chose to highlight the products and craftsmanship that added to the transformation of his home garage through vignettes on  

Set against the backdrop of the newly remodeled garage at Leno’s personal residence, representatives from Clopay, North America’s leading residential and commercial garage door manufacturer, and LiftMaster, the world’s largest manufacturer of professionally installed garage door openers, had the opportunity to chat with Leno about the features and benefits of the custom wood doors and garage door openers and access solutions provided in the remodel. 
The clips can be viewed at Leno’s own web site,, which is dedicated to Leno’s hobby and passion for all things cars, motorcycles and of course garages, and recently hit a milestone of more than 150 million unique visitors.

Clopay Delivers a Grand Entrance 

Clopay Custom Reserve Collection carriage house style doors, handcrafted in Meranti wood to adorn the multi-car garage, were selected for the project. 

“The simplicity of the vertical grooved panel design and arched top, coupled with the organic feel of the decorative wrought iron handles, complements the home’s classic English Tudor style perfectly,” says Pat Lohse, vice president of residential marketing for Clopay Building Products.

The 3-inch thick, 5-layer wood doors feature polystyrene insulation and tongue-and-groove section joints for improved energy efficiency and outstanding durability. The doors were finished and stained at Clopay’s Auburn, Washington plant and shipped ready to install. 

 “This was particularly exciting to be shooting this segment at Jay’s home, since most of the content for takes place within his high-tech, professionally staffed, custom-built 17,000 square foot garage located near the NBC studios in Burbank, California,” adds Lohse. “Now that he has a beautifully renovated and organized garage at home, protected by Clopay garage doors, he can work from home, so to speak.”  

LiftMaster Gives Innovative Lift for Leno’s Garage 

LiftMaster Model 3800 side-mounted residential openers were installed to operate each of the six Clopay doors.  These innovative, space-saving openers feature an ultra-quiet 24V DC motor and are compatible with sectional doors up to 14-feet high, making them the ideal fit for Jay’s unique garage design.  

Along with the new, high-performance openers, which are available with the optional EverCharge® Standby Power System, Leno’s garage is also equipped with the Smart Control Panel®. Designed with innovative features such as a 1 ¼ inch tall by 2 ¼ inches wide LCD screen, the LiftMaster Smart Control Panel features a backlight/nightlight that will inform Leno and his wife of the time and the garage’s temperature as well as short status messages about the garage door opener’s performance.

G&G Door Answers the Call

Participating in the high-profile makeover masterpiece, Clopay and LiftMaster joined forces to provide the side-mounted openers, wireless accessories and custom wood garage doors that would take the garage makeover to new heights. In addition to the product donation, Clopay and LiftMaster looked to Southern California dealer, G&G Garage Door Co., to manage and install the products at Leno’s home during the week-long shoot for the Garage Mahal series opener. 

“We were honored to be involved in such a unique and exciting project. The finished product, both the inside and outside of the garage makeover speaks for itself,” states Gary Ventre, co-owner of G&G Garage Door Co., headquartered in Torrance, CA. “The stunning, high-end craftsmanship of the Clopay custom-built doors really set the stage for what the remodel should exemplify, while the innovative and aesthetically pleasing side-mounted opener from LiftMaster, a unit our crew is very comfortable with, wowed several of the contractors on-site as it opened up much-needed space on the ceiling for other features of the new garage.”

“The Jay Leno that you see on TV is the Jay Leno you get in real life,” adds Pat Lohse.  “He truly embodies the everyman persona and I think that’s what makes him so endearing.   Few celebrities would have the courage to reveal that they park a million dollar car next to a heap of junk every night.  The transformation of Jay’s garage is definitely something to aspire  to during spring cleaning.”

For more information on the LiftMaster side-mounted residential opener (model 3800) and wireless accessories used in this episode visit  To learn more about the Clopay Reserve Collection garage doors that were showcased in this episode  For more on G&G Garage Door Co. visit

With three manufacturing facilities and 49 distribution centers across the U.S. and Canada, Clopay Building Products is North America’s leading manufacturer of residential garage doors and a preferred supplier in the commercial industrial door market.  Bringing more than 40 years of experience and innovation to the garage door industry, Clopay Building Products maintains a strong family of brands including Clopay®, Holmes Garage Door Company® and Ideal Door®.

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