Some have them some don't. With all the trees and stuff they are generally more trouble than they're worth. Everyone who has had them on this road hates them and wants them gone.
Gutters on my house are so full of failing shingle material,they look like someone filled them to the top with black beauty sandblasting sand or coal slag..
A few days ago some torrential rains from the remnants of Florence was expected here,so I figured I should at least try cleaning the gutters on the front side of the house,which is the side with the failing shingles--I rigged up a crude pipe attachment to my 16 gallon shop vac,I used some of that black plastic hose used on well pumps and pools I had hanging around--and I made a "J" hook from part of a pool ladder that was in my scrap pile--now I could vacuum the gutter clean from the ground,at least on the front of the house..
There was weeds and small trees growing in places in the gutters--I doubt they were EVER cleaned once since the house was built in 1977--perhaps once in the 1990's maybe..
I vacuumed the downspouts first,then did the whole length on the front side of the house--sounded like it was sucking in a lot of debris,and soon the vacuum was so full and heavy it couldn't be moved unless I rolled it on the wheels on the driveway...that stuff is incredibly heavy for just "dust" !..
After I dumped the vac out,I climbed up a few steps on a ladder,on my front steps,so I could see how clean the gutters were..to my chagrin,I had only removed maybe a 1" layer of the debris,the rest was still tightly packed in the gutter..many of the large nails holding them to the house are sticking out several inches too,I tried to hammer the ones I could reach back in..
Frankly I dont see how they have not been torn off the house,with that much weight on them..
Shortly after I decided it was a lost cause to keep vacuuming ,and my back was "done",it began pouring rain--HARD!..so hard ,for the first time ,I had water dripping inside the house!--over the kitchen sing there is a recessed light between the cabinets in a wooden enclosure,and the water was dripping out of the light fixture's lens and landing right in the kitchen sink..
Oh well--at least I didn't have to go look for a bucket..
I thought about borrowing a neighbors pressure washer and blast the crap out of the gutter,but I feared I'd make a huge mess,or perhaps have some more shingles get ripped off should my aim be poor--or the pressure would tend to make me fall off the ladder..
Right now the $350 I was quoted to clean the gutters doesn't sound like such a ripoff..
I bet the guy will want more, when he sees whats in them,and how hard it'll be to remove it all..
I hate gutters..with a metal roof the contractors I had give estimates for,tell me they would just take them off,you dont need them...I feel they only "work" a short time before clogging up with leaves and pine needles..