I recently purchased a kit to enable me to put in some raised flooring into my loft (as my house has double-thickness insulation). This kit contains some supports which screw onto the wooden joists and some metal rails that you put on top of the supports, and you then put your boards on top of these rails.
Here's a picture I took:
As you can see the wooden joists go horizontally, and the rails and supports are at right-angles. Each joist is spaced 610mm and each of the rails is spaced 610mm (it's a 2.44m x 2.44m square).
I am going to be using 610mm x 1220mm OSB for the boards.
Now my question: what is the best way to orient these boards in order to spread the load across the joists best?
Would it be better to put them horizontally so they span three rails (Option A) or vertically so they are supported either side on two rails (option B)?
Here are some diagrams I threw together to illustrate:
The reason I ask this question is that my physics is not my strong point, so I was thinking that option B would perhaps be better since the load would be spread over three wooden joists rather than two, however, this would then place the load on two rails rather than three.